Juan Mariano, former director of the Multicultural Center of Cache Valley, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days in prison for supplying alcohol to a minor and inappropriately touching a patron at Club New York, where he was co-owner. Mariano, who pleaded no contest to the class-A misdemeanor of providing alcohol to a minor and reduced Class-B misdemeanor of attempted sexual battery, must also pay fines totaling $1500 and complete probation. “It’s not all about you,” Judge Thomas Willmore told Mariano Tuesday. “It goes beyond that, and this community.” Police officers entered Club New York in December to investigate, and police reports state that when Mariano saw the officers, he grabbed alcohol bottles and tried to hide them. Police sent informants into the club, who were illegally offered alcohol by Mariano. Mariano also grabbed the buttocks of a patron in front of several witnesses. Mariano read a tearful apology before the sentencing Tuesday, asking for reduced jail time and mentioning the services he does within the community. He apologized for affecting his family, friends and the people he has worked with. Cache County prosecutor Robert Walsh mentioned Mariano was a recruiter for Utah State University, going to different high schools and talking to the students. Because of inappropriate conduct, Mariano is no longer allowed in Sky View High School, Walsh said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for him to be out in the community doing community service,” Walsh recommended to the court. After sentencing, Willmore told Mariano that he had great privilege and that great responsibility came with it. “You, and others, have caused harm to the Multicultural Center and the multicultural citizens,” Willmore said. Mariano was taken into custody to serve his jail time immediately. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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