Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LDS Member Antonio Rubalcala Lacy Busted For Forcible Sexual Abuse Of Two Roommates While At BYU-Provo

A former student at Brigham Young University-Provo was arrested and has been charged with six felony forcible sexual abuse charges involving two former roommates on campus. Antonio Rubalcala Lacy, 18, was booked on January 25th, 2012, given a summons by Judge James Taylor to appear in 4th District Court in Provo on February 23rd, and has since returned to his home in Monterey, California. Police decided to release Lacy because they believe he would have bonded out anyway. KSTU Channel 13 news video embedded below:


Update: Story now picked up by the Provo Daily Herald, the Salt Lake Tribune, and KSL Channel 5.

The alleged abuse happened in a university dorm at the Wymount Housing Complex. The first incident took place in October 2011. It involved touching; but the victim moved out and never reported the incident. The second incident took place in January 2012 after the next roommate moved in, but the second victim did contact the police. Once the first victim found out about the second victim, he apparently contacted police as well, and the two victims are determined to testify in court. In both cases, Lacy is accused of groping his victims three different times, explaining the six different counts. Lacy was kicked out of BYU, but the specific reason was not provided.

Court documents say Lacy confessed to his church bishop allegedly saying he committed the crimes for sexual stimulation. It has not been disclosed whether or not Lacy is still a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but a confession of this type of crime to a bishop alone could warrant a disciplinary council and action against Lacy's membership. The Church would not need to wait until a formal guilty verdict was rendered.

What's interesting is that Mugshots.com cites the applicable statute as Utah Code 76-5-404.1. This appears to be erroneous, because it describes Forcible Sexual Abuse of a Child. Lacy's roommates weren't children, so the correct statute would be Utah Code 76-5-404, Forcible Sexual Abuse, which sets forth the penalties. The Utah County Sheriff's Office also replicates this same error.

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