LOGAN, Utah — A 28-year-old Logan man who reportedly confessed to sexually abusing a small child last summer was ordered to serve 209 days in the Cache County Jail, although Judge Thomas Willmore said he didn’t agree with the sentencing recommendation he was provided.
“If you are such a religious man, there should have been something screaming at you that something wasn’t right; you can’t hide behind your religion,” Willmore said. “I disagree with the recommendation from Adult Probation and Parole, and I disagree with what the state has done — this is a prison case.”
Daniel Henshaw pleaded guilty in March to sexual abuse of a child — reduced from a first-degree felony to a second-degree felony, which carried a potential punishment of one to 15 years in prison.
According to a probable cause statement filed in court by police, Daniel Henshaw used a small child for his own sexual gratification on more than one occasion.
Henshaw allegedly reported the sexual abuse to another adult, who encouraged him to go to his religious leaders, who referred him for counseling. The therapist encouraged Henshaw to contact police, which he did.
“Daniel did something terribly wrong, but he has taken every step possible to try to correct this situation,” said defense attorney Shannon Demler. “He feels terrible remorse for what happened … he has done all he can to show the court he has changed and won’t be a problem in the future.”
Henshaw has reportedly completed a pyschosexual evaluation, which classifies him as a low risk if he receives treatment and he still participates in group and individual counseling. He has completed every task set for him by multiple agencies.
Adult Probation and Parole recommended 105 days in jail, and Demler asked if Henshaw could serve part of his sentence in home confinement. However, due to the seriousness of the case, Willmore sentenced the man to 210 days, with credit for one day previously served.