AMERICAN FORK — An American Fork chiropractor
accused of influential sex abuse was a theme of an surprising 4th
District Court conference on Wednesday.
Grant Hildreth, 48, was scheduled to seem during a conference during 8:20
a.m. on Wednesday, though prosecutors asked a justice to pierce the
hearing to 1:30 p.m.
By 2:20 p.m. conjunction Hildreth nor his lawyer, Carolyn E. Howard,
had seemed during a hearing. Inquiries by a decider showed that the
court had no created explanation that a rescheduled conference had been
communicated to a defense. Judge Christine Johnson pronounced because
there was no created proof, she would not emanate a aver for
Hildreth’s arrest, and Utah County prosecutor Alex Ludlow agreed.
Ludlow pronounced he had left a voice summary for Hildreth’s profession on
Tuesday night, though had not oral to Hildreth or his profession in
person. Howard’s bureau told a justice that her dungeon phone was
turned off and they were not certain if she was formulation to come to
court, or even knew about a rescheduled hearing.
The conference was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Johnson
ordered that a justice send Hildreth created notice of a new
hearing date, and his attorney, and that his attorney’s bureau also
send him created notice.
“We’ll use all a collection we can to get to Mr. Hildreth,” Johnson
Both sides have pronounced they wish to strech some arrange of plea
bargain. Howard has pronounced that she would usually determine to a understanding if
Hildreth is charged with a misdemeanor.
Hildreth was creatively convicted by a jury in 2008, after a
former worker testified that he fondled her while providing
treatment for a bladder infection during his American Fork office.
Three other women testified that he fondled them during visits at
his bureau and during his Riverton home, though a jury found him not
guilty on those charges.
But in November, a Utah Court of Appeals overturned that
conviction. The justice found that including a testimony of the
three other accusers was unduly unjust opposite Hildreth. The
prejudice outweighed a value of including such evidence, the
Shortly after a Court of Appeals’s decision, Hildreth, who had
been in jail for dual and a half years given his conviction, was
given a new bail and eventually released. State prosecutors opted
not to plea a preference of a Court of Appeals.