Grandma innocent of sexual abuse charges in Utah

photo: Mr. T in DC
photo: Mr. T in DC

Bente Hansen, a grandmother many times over, was accused in 2006 of sexually abusing her grandchildren in Utah.  However, at trial Hansen was found to be not guilty. Her acquittal was largerly based on the lack of physical evidence in the case. In sexual abuse cases, eyewitnesses often provide the strongest evidence for the case, and are therefore seriously relied on by the jury. Hansen’s Utah criminal defense attorney Clayton Simms was able to convey that the lack of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony that was only given through the use of extensive therapy was not enough to convict Hansen beyond a reasonable doubt. Hansen was able to overcome public condemnation in court, even when Taylorsville, Utah police described her case as some of the most troubling incest and sex abuse cases they’d ever seen. (“Grandma is not Guilty”, Salt Lake Tribune, Reavy, 9/8/06).