Judge gives maximum sentence to Smithfield man for sexually abusing a child

LOGAN — A judge has given the maximum sentence to a 43-year-old Smithfield man who admitted to physically and sexually abusing a child four years ago. Judge Kevin Allen sentenced Andrew L. Facer to three terms of one-to-15-years in prison, with two of the terms to run consecutively.

Facer was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, after previously pleading guilty in October to three counts of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.

Judge Allen said Facer’s actions were beyond comprehension. He told the defendant, he would be recommending to the board of pardons that he serve at least 15-years before being considered for parole.

Earlier the victim and her mother pleaded with the court to send him to prison, saying they didn’t want to live in fear anymore. They both described how they were scared of the defendant.

Defense attorney Mike McGinnis said there was no excuse for Facer’s behavior but asked the court to consider a lighter jail sentence, saying his client had no criminal history and was similarly sexually abused as a child. He also explained that the defendant was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and other mental disorders.

State attorney Jacob Gordon said he couldn’t believe they had come to the point in society, that someone could do what Facer admitted to doing and not be immediately sent to prison.

Police arrested Facer in December after the victim told a councilor about the abuse. Detectives questioned him while investigating a Richmond man, Dustin Mangum, who was arrested last year on similar allegations. The two men reportedly know each other through marriage.

In August, Mangum was sentenced to at least 21-years in prison after the 39-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

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