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Friday, January 20, 2006

Variations on "truthiness":

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."

-- Mark Twain, author, newspaperman and humorist (1835-1910)

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Man must complete sex offender treatment for probation violation

By Jen Beasley

Deember 7, 2005 | LOGAN -- James Boyd Davenport was sentenced to an indeterminate amount of time in jail and completion of the sex offender treatment program at the Northern Utah Treatment Center Tuesday in 1st District Court, after he violated the rules of his probation stemming from an April 2003 conviction for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Davenport, 23, was forbidden to have contact with minors as a stipulation of his probation, but violated that rule when he said his roommate allowed a 17-year-old into his home and he did nothing about it.

"I do take full responsibility for this," Davenport told Judge Thomas L. Willmore. "I was playing music with my friends, I was recording music. My roommate let her in. I was not as aware of the situation as I should have been. I should have been hyper-vigilant."

Willmore, who said Davenport had violated these terms of his probation before, said he was "not ready to send (Davenport) to prison" but expressed his disappointment at having to deal with Davenport's probation violations again.

"I don't see why you keep violating these simple rules," Willmore told Davenport. "I told you that I didn't want to have any more problems with you and I didn't want you to have any more contact with minors."

Willmore sentenced Davenport to remain in jail until a bed becomes available at the Northern Utah Treatment Center. Davenport's probation will also be restarted from the beginning as part of the sentence.


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