Convicted sex offender admits to groping woman inside store

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN —Azadeen Altom has pleaded guilty to groping a woman inside a store last month. The 43-year-old convicted sex-offender waived his right to a preliminary hearing and accepted a plea deal. He will remain in jail awaiting sentencing.

Altom appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sexual abuse, reduced to a third-degree felony. As part of the agreement prosecutors dropped a remaining charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

State attorney Jacob Gordon told the court, police arrested Altom in February, after a woman claimed he assaulted her, while she was shopping. The woman reported the defendant approached her and grabbed her buttocks.

Detectives also believed Altom was kicked out of his apartment and moved without updating his sex-offender registry. Public defender Bryan Galloway told the court though, there was evidence that his client was in contact with his probation officer.

Judge Kevin Allen scheduled Altom to be sentenced April 16. He also told the defendant, based on the nature of the charges he would be held in jail until sentencing.

Last March, Altom walked into Mt. Logan Middle School and was seen sitting in the school’s cafeteria, watching a group of girls. A month later he was arrested, after officers were called to a store on report that he was harassing a teenage girl. The customer claimed he approached her, getting inside her personal space, and asked for a ride home.

In June, Judge Thomas Willmore sentenced Altom to serve one-year in jail. Five months later, the same judge released Altom early so immigration officers could deport him.

Police claim Altom’s native country refused to readmit him so ICE agents let him go, after they couldn’t deport him.

Altom has been arrested on similar crimes before. Nebraska records show he was convicted of sexually assaulting another adult individual in January 2013. He could now face up to five-years in prison.

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