FARMINGTON — A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a child last week in 2nd District Court.
Richard Anthony Siler, of Syracuse, will be sentenced Dec. 3 on reduced charges of second-degree felony sex abuse of a child. He was originally charged with three counts of first-degree felony sex abuse of a child.
Siler, 44, was arrested by Syracuse police on Nov. 27, 2008, after a woman called police reporting her daughter, and possibly several other children, had been sexually abused. That prompted an investigation.
Siler had previously been convicted of a third-degree felony attempted sex abuse of a child in Ogden in 1999.
He fulfilled his probation in that case in 2002, but remains on the registry.
Syracuse police said Siler and his wife would babysit the children of friends and acquaintances.
Suspect leads police on chase
WOODS CROSS — A suspect who led police on a high-speed chase Thursday told police he thought he had outstanding warrants against him.
He had no warrants.
Bradley Samuel Robertson, 24, of North Salt Lake, was arrested on multiple charges after leading police from several agencies on a chase, first in an automobile and then on a scooter.
Woods Cross Police officer Jim Linton said he was dispatched about 11:30 a.m. on a suspicious vehicle in an LDS Church parking lot at 1500 South and 1500 West. A caller reported they thought they smelled marijuana.
When Linton arrived, he said he found Robertson sitting in a white 2008 Lexus. He pulled up on one side, and a North Salt Lake officer pulled up, partially blocking the other side.
Linton said he asked Robertson if he was smoking marijuana. Robertson told the officer no, “but during the whole conversation, he was acting very nervous, like he didn’t want to have the conversation,” Linton said.
Linton alleged that Robertson gave him a false name, but his correct address and when Linton ran the information, he found Robertson didn’t look exactly like the driver’s license, prompting him to ask the young man to step out of the car. Instead, Robertson allegedly sped away. “ He took off like crazy. I don’t know how he got the car out without hitting the North Salt Lake police car,” Linton said.
He led police east on 1500 South at 90-100 mph, through traffic and with people out and about, Linton said. “The good thing is he didn’t hit anybody.”
Linton, who was not traveling as fast, began to lose the Lexus. “He blew through the intersection (at 1500 South and 1100 West). He didn’t even blink an eye,” Linton said.
Linton spotted the Lexus turning left on 1500 South and 800 West, and Linton pulled away at about 700 South, figuring the suspect was heading for I-15.
At that point, a Bountiful officer spotted the car and saw it pulling into the Gateway area, near the Sizzler. Linton said the Bountiful officer followed Robertson to U.S. 89, where Robertson headed south, driving in the northbound lanes.
Linton, who was still following at a slower speed, said they went past Smith’s and up 2600 South. But they lost the car.
Linton said they decided Robertson must be headed home. So officers drove to that address, where seven police units converged.
It was then Robertson came down the driveway on a scooter. A police unit was able to block him, and he flipped the scooter. He then ran from police and had to be tasered.
During the arrest, a Bountiful officer reportedly found two syringes, one open, on Robertson. Both Robertson and the officer were taken to Lakeview Hospital for blood tests, Linton said.
“If he would have given me his name right off, nothing else would have happened,” Linton said.
Robertson was booked into the Davis County Jail on charges of giving false information, evading, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.