Utah Man Accused of Child Sexual Offenses Found Incompetent to Stand Trial Multiple Times

Utah Man Accused of Child Sexual Offenses Found Incompetent to Stand Trial Multiple Times

Jonathan Soberanis, a man accused of multiple child sexual offenses, has been found not competent to stand trial in several cases by Utah judges. The charges against Soberanis were dismissed, and he was released from jail due to his alleged incompetence. The incidents involving Soberanis span from 2015 to 2022.

In 2015, Soberanis was banned from a recreational center after being accused of masturbating in front of others in a locker room. In May 2018, he was arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of a child at a public mall. In December 2018, Soberanis was arrested for crawling under a dressing room stall and allegedly watching an eight-year-old boy undress, exposing his genitals and masturbating. In May 2021, he reportedly broke into a residence and provided false information to law enforcement. In June 2021, Soberanis allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old and urinated on the boy’s feet. He also faced charges for assaulting a police officer in the same month. In October 2021, while in custody, Soberanis was suspected of committing additional crimes. In January 2022, he was arrested for a series of alleged voyeurism offenses.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed new charges against Soberanis in 2022 after a federal investigation revealed his alleged involvement in downloading and sharing child pornography using a New Zealand storage platform with end-to-end encryption. The Attorney General’s Office also refiled several other charges, including aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Soberanis’s defense argued that he was not competent to stand trial on the state criminal charges. However, due to new evidence related to the pornography charges, a judge ordered Soberanis to receive restoration treatment, suggesting a possibility of restoring his competency in the future. The Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) assigned a restoration treatment provider to Soberanis. However, after four months, an evaluator determined that the treatment was ineffective, and Soberanis was once again found not competent to stand trial.

The evaluation of Soberanis’s restoration is not public, and the Utah County Attorney’s Office initially denied a request for the jail visitor’s log, citing privacy concerns. However, the State Records Committee ruled in favor of releasing the log, which revealed that the treatment provider saw Soberanis 13 times. The provider’s position does not require a license or degree.

Stephanie Davis, a neighbor of Soberanis, expressed her dissatisfaction with the treatment provided to him, stating that it is unacceptable for someone without proper qualifications to be responsible for his restoration.

The court records indicate that a psychologist filed a report with the court 15 days after the treatment. Three days later, on March 1st, a judge ruled that Soberanis was not competent and released him from the case.
Davis expressed disappointment in Utah’s laws and suggested that if the state does not take action, parents may feel compelled to take matters into their own hands to protect their children.

While most of Soberanis’s state cases have been dismissed due to competency issues, he currently faces federal child pornography charges.

Author: CrimeDoor

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