|Holm taken off supervised probation|
By Patrice St. Germain|
ST. GEORGE - Former Hildale police officer Rodney Hans Holm, convicted of bigamy and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor 16 or 17 years of age, has been taken off supervised probation.
Fifth District Court Judge G. Rand Beacham said Thursday there is no good reason to keep Holm, 39, who has served 26 months of probation for the third-degree felonies, on supervised probation. Holm has also served a year in jail.
Beacham changed the remaining 10 months of Holm's probation to bench probation and instructed him to return to court on May 18 for a review.
Adult Probation and Parole requested a premature and successful end to Holm's supervised probation in February and again this month. Beacham said since arguments by the state claiming Holm violated terms of probation by living with two wives had not been proven there is no reason for the supervised probation.
"There is no report of a probable violation and it seems to me that if there is any such probation violation, it is easily reported to law enforcement as it is Adult Probation and Parole," Beacham said.
Rodney Parker, Holm's attorney, said he was pleased with the decision.
"No. 1, it's a burden on him (Holm) to report and intrusive (with home visits)," Parker said.
Deputy Utah Attorney General Paul Graf said the decision was "predictable."
Kristine M. Knowlton, Deputy Utah Attorney General, said Holm continued to violate state laws by living with more than one wife but said she had not received any follow-up information about the issue from Adult Probation and Parole.
Parker said there is no plural wife and that Adult Probation and Parole hasn't brought any evidence of that because there isn't any.
Parole agent Ken England said his office has looked at Holm's home several times and there is no plural wife there. He said Holm has been in compliance and there is nothing else to report.
Holm's charges stemmed from his 1998 marriage to his third wife, his then 16-year-old sister-in-law. That case was heard August 2003 in 5th District Court.
A follower of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, which teaches polygamy as part of its doctrine, Holm also lost his certification as a police officer by Utah's Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
Surrounded by a group of 10 friends and relatives, Holm, who did not speak during the review hearing, declined to comment but acknowledged, when asked, that he works for Colorado City as an equipment operator.
While Holm doesn't have much time left to serve on probation on his charges in Washington County, he still faces three counts of sexual conduct with a minor - all class-six felonies - in Mohave County, Ariz.
Holm was indicted on the charges on July 7 by a Mohave County Grand Jury and voluntarily turned himself in on July 11.
Mohave County Judge Steven Conn has set an omnibus hearing for Jan. 3.
Parker is appealing the final judgment in the Washington County criminal case against Holm and has taken the issue to the Utah Supreme Court.
Parker, also the attorney for Hildale Justice Court Judge Walter Steed, who may be removed from office for bigamy, expects a decision to be handed down on both men at once and if the Supreme Court takes the full 90 days it has to reach a decision, it could be early February before that is concluded.
Originally published December 16, 2005
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