Update August 12th 2009: After agreeing to plead no contest to custodial sexual relations, a third-degree felony, in June, all other charges were dropped, and Judge James Shumate sentenced Amosa to zero to five years in prison but suspended the prison term. The judge also sentenced Amosa to 60 days in jail, probation for 36 months, and ordered him to get a psychosexual exam and to undergo any recommended treatment. Full stories in the Deseret News and the St. George Spectrum.
A Hurricane, Utah police officer resigned on Monday March 31st, 2008 after allegations surfaced that he forced a woman to perform sex acts on him -- while he was on-duty. Full story published by the St. George Spectrum, the Salt Lake Tribune, and aired by KSL Channel 5 and KTVX Channel 4.
On Friday March 28th, an unidentified female filed a complaint against 24-year-old Nathan Amosa, who was subsequently arrested on Saturday after an interview at his home and collection of physical evidence, and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, second-degree felonies. Initially, he was placed on administrative leave, but by Monday afternoon he had submitted his resignation. He's also free on $30,000 bond. Amosa will appear in 5th District Court on Thursday April 3rd.
Authorities did not disclose how Amosa came into contact with the woman or disclose the nature of their relationship. They did say that Amosa was on duty when he allegedly committed the crimes. Lt. Jake Adams of the Washington County Sheriff's Office has appealed for any other victims to come forward. The case has been forwarded to the Washington County Attorney's Office for review.
Adams said as a police officer, "this type of allegation and this type of offense, it reflects poorly on all us." He said law enforcement officers are given a charge to maintain the public trust. "When something like this happens, it's just really devastating to the law enforcement community," Adams said.
Amosa had only been a police officer since September 2007. The customary presumption of innocence is seriously degraded by his resignation.
Commentary: The Spectrum's discussion forum provides some interesting local opinion about this situation. Once again, the "unsavory" reputation of the Hurricane Police Department is brought out, although they've been criticized in the past more for overenthusiastic traffic enforcement.