Holm avoids jury trial in Arizona
HURRICANE — Former Hildale/Colorado City police officer Rodney Holm is avoiding a jury trial, which was set to begin on Sept. 5, after the state and defense entered into an agreement on Holm’s charges on conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Holm and several other men from Colorado City were facing the charges in Mohave County, Ariz.

The state and defense agreed to dismiss the charges without prejudice at this time and with prejudice at the end of one year as long as Holm completes 40 hours of community service and does not commit similar offenses over the course of a year.

The agreement was reached because the alleged victim had engaged in a potential blackmail scheme with her brother in an attempt to get money from one of the leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church.

This attempt was fairly recently discovered by all of the parties and upon investigation it appears that the victim did in fact write a letter indicating that she would not testify against certain defendants if money was given to her brother and another man by one of the members of the church.

Another Colorado City man, Dale Barlow, was sentenced on Aug. 17 for conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor, an undesignated Class 6 felony. He received three years supervised probation and was ordered to serve 45 days straight time in the county jail, meaning he was not eligible for two-for-one credits or work release.

He was also ordered to serve the jail time in the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

The defendant was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the period of time for which he was placed on probation. The defendant was assessed the usual court fees.
Originally published August 27, 2007