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Utah hospital worker will go to prison for sexual assault of patient

Published July 9, 2013 7:43 pm

Courts • Hal Weston pleaded guilty to forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, for molesting a male patient.
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A 47-year-old man who sexually assaulted a male patient at the Logan hospital where he worked was sentenced to five years to life in prison for the act.

Hal Lavaun Weston, of Laketown, pleaded guilty in 1st District Court to one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, in May.

On Tuesday, Judge Clint Judkins ordered the former Logan Regional Medical Center worker to prison, and also ordered him to pay restitution costs to the victim for counseling.

According to police, the victim was taken to the hospital after officers were called to a Logan residence on Jan. 20, 2012. The victim was drunk, according to police, and was refusing to leave the home. Officers arrested the man, but he passed out in the back seat of a cruiser en route to the Cache County jail. After neither officers nor paramedics could rouse him, he was transported to the hospital emergency unit.

A Logan police officer then took up station outside of the hospital room to write a report on the victim's alleged trespassing, intoxication and public urination. When the officer went to check on the patient, he saw Weston performing a sex act on him, according to police.

jmiller@sltrib.com