I Was Almost Killed Walking Into Utah County Jail — Outspoken Offender
In early 2006, I was arrested for a computer sex offense and taken to Utah County Jail. It was the scariest day of my life. Since I was working in TV news and radio broadcasting, the story of my arrest made local and national news. As I walked into county jail, other inmates were watching a TV news story on Fox 13. Guess who’s news story was on? Mine!
After surviving threats and three days of constant verbal harassment from other inmates, I was released on federal bond. It was the scariest five days of my life. I’m not sure how I came out alive.
This video is NOT intended to scare anyone facing jail or incarceration. As I say in this video, if I can survive, you can! Stay strong, be confident, and move forward.
0:00:09.2 Speaker 1: Thanks for tuning in. I’m The Outspoken Offender. And today, well, I’m gonna tell you a little story. It is a little frightening, but it has a good ending, I think. Okay, so to back up, I was arrested in 2006 and I’m laughing about it now. I mean, I’m not really laughing about it, but I’m a little more… I’m less nervous about it, I guess, ’cause it’s been so long. But anyway, I was arrested in 2006 in Northern Utah for a sex offense, for non-nude child modeling websites, and I’ll put the video up there if you wanna hear more about my story.
0:00:47.1 S1: The scariest day of my life. The police come into my house. And I was downstairs, and I can’t hear people knocking at my door. I don’t care who they are. I don’t care if it’s the police or the mailman. I can’t hear the knock. And so the next thing I know at like 5:00 in the morning, I’m running up my stairs ’cause I’m hearing this pounding, pounding at the door, and it’s the police, of course. And they had to break open the door and guns are there. There’s about 10,000 police. And they arrest me, and I sit down and I’m like, “What is going on? What is happening?” I said, “Look, those websites might not be the best thing, but they’re non-nude, they’re not illegal.” Of course, they didn’t care. They arrested me. They brought me into Davis County Jail in Northern Utah.
0:01:38.8 S1: And oh my goodness, I have to tell you before I get you the details, I was a news person, I was a weather forecaster, a traffic reporter, a DJ on the radio, I had a little TV show going on at the time on the local UPN affiliate when UPN was still happening. And so my story was all over the news. It was on TV, and radio, and newspaper, and still online. You can find it. It’s all over the place still 14 years later. And so when I was arrested, it was blasted everywhere, if you can imagine. I had no privacy.
0:02:17.0 S1: And so when they got me to Davis County Jail, there was a little waiting area, believe it or not, where they bring you in and just say, “Hey, sit here. We’re gonna book you and everything, and we’ll get you a cell.” And I’m thinking, “Great.” I’m excited, right? No. I sit there and there’s a TV, and there’s probably about 10 other people there waiting to get cells. I don’t know who these people are. I don’t know what they’re in for. I don’t care. I’m sitting there shaking a little bit and trying to hold back tears, to be honest. The arrest came as a huge surprise.
0:02:54.1 S1: So all of a sudden, I look up there and the Fox 13 there in Salt Lake City, “Hey, coming up tonight at 9:00, a local weatherman, former TV radio guy, arrested for child pornography. Join us tonight at 9:00.” And I’m thinking, “Oh, crap.” Luckily, they didn’t show my face on that little news teaser. And I’m looking around and I’m thinking, “Oh my God. I have to get the hell out of this waiting room.”
0:03:21.6 S1: I literally go up to the desk there where the police, the CO is and say, “Hey, can I get a room? Can I get a cell?” And he’s like, “What? Yeah, calm down. We’ll get you one.” I’m excited to get a cell. He couldn’t figure it out. I wanted to get out of there, but little did I know, going into the actual cell block was even worse. I got in there with my role of, I don’t know what I had, toilet paper, blankets and crap like that and the pad. And I go into the cell and I am just… My head is spinning. I’m just like, “Where am I? What the hell is going on?”
0:04:07.1 S1: And there’s two other guys in the cell, and one of the guys, he was in there for a DUI, like seven of them or something. And if you know Utah, they’re not easy on DUIs. And he’s like, “Hey, man, what are you in here for?” And I’m like, “Oh,” I made up something. I wasn’t gonna say I was a sex offense there. And he asked me a few other questions, and then I went out to the main area there, and guess what? There’s more TVs up there, like four of them, and they’re all staring up there watching the… Now, at that time, it’s like 10 o’clock and they’re watching it, and, “KUTV has got the news.” My former employer is reporting on me about my arrest, and they’ve got my picture up there, they’ve got my name and everything. And I am just like, “Holy shit! Holy shit! What am I gonna do?” I am freaking out and they all kind of slowly turn around and they all stare at me. “I am about to die,” that’s what I think, “They’re all gonna come running at me with a shiv or something.” I was on pre-trial for a year and a half, thinking all these horror stories in my mind, planning to be stabbed.
0:05:22.7 S1: Well, okay, so to go forward a little bit, people were starting to talk. They were coming up to me and saying, “Hey, man, what are you up here… What do you… Show me your papers, man. What’s going on? We don’t like this. We don’t like this. You a chomo? You a chomo?” Stuff like that. And I’m just trying to keep it cool. Now, there’s one thing about me. I guess I can hold my confidence pretty well, and I have to thank my TV experience for that. I come across not like this, unsure. When I’m in a serious situation, I can, I guess, kick into another… Not a different personality, but just a way about me. And so that helped.
0:06:01.8 S1: I wasn’t jumped. I wasn’t stabbed or anything, but people were just curious, and I bet you a lot of people wanted to kick my ass. But luckily, the guy with the DUI said, “Hey, I don’t really care what you’re in here for, but you better get to PC.” And I’m like, “What’s PC?” “Protective custody.” So I go up to the CO, and I say, “Hey, man, I don’t know what’s going on, but I gotta get into protection here. I think I’m in trouble. Luckily, he did. So later, a few hours later, I go into protective custody and I’m in the cell by myself, and I am so happy I am in there by myself. No one is gonna bother me. But the thing I didn’t realise is I’m in there for 23 hours a day with one hour out in the common area and to take a shower or a phone call. Okay, I can handle that. As long as I’m not gonna die, I can handle that.
0:06:57.4 S1: So I stayed in my cell for two days. I did not leave that cell for 48 hours. I refused to go out the first day and the second day. And then some of the worst… Oh God, I still… I’m pausing because I’m thinking back and it gives me shivers still to think about it, but the yelling that the other inmates were doing, they were yelling at me and pounding on the bars. They couldn’t get to me, but they were screaming, “Chomo! Chomo!” I don’t really wanna repeat some of the things they said. They did not stop for two days. They were relentless.
0:07:37.7 S1: And so I think there was a pastor that went around and talked to me, and said, “Hey, man, maybe you can try to get out in the common area by yourself and show them that you’re not afraid or whatever.” So I took his advice on the third day. I went out by myself into the common area. I was reading, I took a shower, finally, made a few phone calls, and they kind of stopped. They saw me through the cell doors and they actually were asking me questions between the bars and stuff and I was talking to them.
0:08:07.5 S1: And so the next day, I didn’t really hear anything. And so I think it’s that confidence that I portrayed that really calmed the situation down. Then the fifth day, on the fifth day, I eventually was released on bond and I left the state. I got out of Utah so damn fast. I actually went home that night, my home, and slept there, packed up my truck, got as much shit as I could into that truck and drove out of Utah. Eventually, when I got into Idaho, I was like, “Okay, the TV stations don’t reach here. Maybe they won’t recognise me. I’m out of the area.” And then when I got farther north and stuff into the Pacific Northwest, I felt more comfortable to leave my vehicle and things like that.
0:09:00.6 S1: So my intention is not to scare you. If you have a husband or a son or a wife or whatever the situation may be, that is facing incarceration because of a sex offense, please don’t think that there’s automatically gonna be trouble. My case was unique because it was all over the news, and the news story was happening when I walked into the jail cell. I mean, what kind of timing is that? What kind of timing? I guess just my luck, I guess. But stay strong, stay positive and you’ll make it through it. You’ll make it through it. I’m very positive that you will. It is a very scary situation, but it is not the end of the world. If I can make it through that, you can make it.
0:09:46.9 S1: Alright, thank you for listening to my story. I’d love to hear your comments. And join the YouTube channel, share it. It really helps me out. I appreciate it. It helps me know that I’m helping you and helping as many people as I can. Alright, have a great day. Enjoy the nice weather if you’re having that now and I’ll talk to you next time.