Local man sentenced in sexual-contact case

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Local man sentenced in sexual-contact case

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Harper’s statement

Keith Harper read a written statement Tuesday in San Juan County Court prior to being sentenced. The following are his remarks:
I stand before this court an innocent man accused of a crime I did not commit. The legal system that was established to protect me has failed. Any judgment levied against me will be considered partial and unfair. I am being judged on a for second intervention on a machine that had gone out of control, and my failure to intervene may have led to serious injury or consequences.
In regards to (one victim), the reported offense does not even meet the guidelines or the elements of the offence for even filing an allegation, and yet I remain condemned. It should be noted this act will not pass without notice. And to those who have participated, either willing or by duty, there will be a day of reckoning when all things are made right.
My case will eventually be recognized as a miscarriage of justice that proves that our judicial system is not infallible, where some innocent people are convicted and the guilty go free depending on which attorney has put on the best defense.
Though charged with an offence I did not commit, my conscious is free and void of offense toward God or man. For the past 18 years I have been a positive contributor to this community. I have worked hard to build a respectable businesses, been a good husband, father and grandfather and would not have risked all for a fleeting moment of disrespect.
I have requested an appeal to be filed at the conclusion of this sentencing and would ask the court to stay execution of sentencing until the appeal is competed.
What I have spoken today is the truth, so help me God. And to this end, I submit myself to the court for sentencing.

Local man sentenced in sexual-contact case

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