Roosevelt man pleads guilty to sex abuse

2007-04-02T23:00:00Z Roosevelt man pleads guilty to sex abuseNATALIE ANDREWS - Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 02, 2007 11:00 pm  • 

Brad Gale pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sex abuse on Monday. Gale is from Roosevelt and was charged with abusing a 14-year-old boy in 2005.

In the plea agreement, a charge of forcible sodomy was dropped, but the Utah County charges were the least of Gale's worries. The 49-year-old has already entered into a much more punitive plea agreement in Duchesne County and has been sentenced on federal charges.

Gale's co-defendant, 77-year-old John West, died over the weekend. Charges against him were subsequently dropped.

Gale and West were arrested for an incident from the summer of 2005, said prosecutor Donna Kelly, in which Gale engaged in sexual activity with the 14-year-old at West's Provo home.

West pleaded guilty on Nov. 30 to attempted forcible sodomy, a class A misdemeanor.

Gale was sentenced to serve 200 days in the Utah County Jail, which he has already served. The one-to-15 year prison sentence was suspended.

"We don't feel that he needs to be on probation here," Kelly said.

When asked, Gale said he had nothing to say during his sentencing on Monday.

Defense attorney Herb Gillespie, who has represented Gale in Utah and Duchesne counties, said that Gale pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child, one charge of sodomy on a child and one charge of forcible sodomy in the Duchesne case.

He has not been sentenced yet in the Duchesne case, but Gillespie said that he could likely face three five-to-life sentences and a 10-to-life sentence.

Gale has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for creating child pornography. Gillespie said there is a federal prison that works to reform sex-offenders in Butner, N.C.

"We're hoping to get him into that," Gillespie said.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Gale will be assigned the federal prison, then be sentenced in Duchesne, and then be sent to serve his federal prison sentence.

Natalie Andrews can be reached at 344-2548 or nandrews@heraldextra.com.

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page D1.

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