A Tooele man was sentenced then released Tuesday, Dec. 18, for sexually abusing a friend’s 3- year-old niece last year.
Gregory Gallian, 21, was sentenced to a year in jail with credit for time served in 3rd District Court on Tuesday. Since he had already spent a year in jail since his arrest in December 2011, Gallian was immediately declared a free man.
Gallian was originally charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, last December for an incident that took place the previous September. The mother of a 3- year-old girl noticed evidence of sexual abuse when changing the child’s diaper, and the girl told police Gallian would take off her clothes and touch her with different parts of his body.
In March, Gallian’s competency to face the charges was questioned, and he was evaluated at the Utah State Hospital to determine if he was competent to stand in court, and if not, if he could become competent through medication or therapy. Gallian had previously been declared mentally incompetent by reason of insufficient mental capacity to stand trial for two first-degree felony charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child filed in 2010.
In October, the results of the evaluation were submitted to the court, and Gallian was declared competent to face the charges from 2011. On Oct. 30, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.
In addition to the fulfilled jail time, Gallian was sentenced to pay a $2,500 fine and the case was closed.