Utah judge calls man convicted of rape a 'good man'

Published on April 14, 2017 at 11:23AM

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah judge sentencing a former Mormon bishop said the convicted rapist was an “extraordinary, good man” who did something wrong. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2peFjoA) that Judge Thomas Low appeared to become emotional on Wednesday when he sentenced Keith Robert Vallejo to up to life in prison for 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape. One victim says she was shocked by the judge’s sympathy, saying it felt like he cared more about Vallejo than the victims. The judge had previously allowed Vallejo to remain out of jail after a jury convicted him, but reversed his decision amid criticism. The incidents happened in Provo, a heavily Mormon area of Utah.