Layton Man Sentenced to Prison After Pleading Guilty to Molesting Children
FARMINGTON — A 19-year-old Layton man was sentenced to prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to molesting multiple children over several years.
In an emotional hearing in Farmington’s 2nd District Court, Judge Michael Allphin got personal with the victims’ families before ultimately sentencing Alexander Clifton Winward to at least a decade in a Utah prison.
Winward — who was arrested in September 2017 — pleaded guilty on May 14  to four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
According to charging documents, Winward “engaged in inappropriate sexual contact” on multiple occasions with boys who were all under the age of 7.
During Winward’s sentencing, the mothers of four different children molested by Winward read victim impact statements and detailed the level of psychological damage he caused to their children.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about what Alex has done,” one woman said.
One mother said her family moved out of their neighborhood in an effort to escape the emotional damage they have been through.