February 06, 2005

Utah court upholds child rape conviction

Casper Star-Tribune

Associated Press writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the child rape conviction of polygamist Tom Green for having sex with his first wife, Linda Kunz, in 1986, when she was 13 years old.

Green, 56, one of Utah's most prominent polygamists, was sentenced to up to life in prison after his June 2002 conviction.

He appealed, arguing the statute of limitations had run out. He also claimed the trial court lacked jurisdiction because the alleged rape occurred in Mexico.

The high court ruled Tuesday the statute had not run out because the 1985 incident wasn't reported to law enforcement until 1999. ...

Dupaix also said the decision would be important in future child sexual abuse cases because the ruling more clearly outlines the statue of limitations and clarifies what constitutes a report to law enforcement.

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2005 05:28 AM