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AG Statement on the Passing of Assistant Attorney General Wade Farraway

SALT LAKE CITY  July 13, 2017 — Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement on the passing of Assistant Attorney General Wade Farraway today: 

Wade Farraway

“It is with deep sadness and extreme regret that we observe the passing of our office’s one and only Wade Farraway. Wade leaves tremendous holes in our hearts and in the office as he had an extremely rare ability to understand not only the layers of government but also the diverse personalities of those who make decisions impacting all of us in the Attorney General’s Office. Wade was a true friend with exceptional talents as a creative thinker and intense listener. He was willing to sit down with anyone and listen to their needs and then offer possible solutions. Wade’s huge heart and love for all of his family, friends, and associates will be sorely missed.”

At the time of his passing, Wade was Director of Government Relations for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

After working as a prosecutor in Washington County, Wade joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division in 1999 and over the years has served in various areas of the office and in several leadership positions, including as Section Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2011, he joined a new position in Consumer Enforcement to lead efforts against unlawful foreclosures. In 2016, with his natural skills working with government, legislators, and constituents, AG Reyes asked him to be the Director of Government Relations.  

He died of natural causes at his home in Layton.  This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. 


Attorney General Sean Reyes’ 2017 Independence Day Message

Attorney General Sean Reyes

“Each year, I look forward to Independence Day and am reminded of our nation’s humble, spiritual roots. Our Republic’s founders came from diverse backgrounds and origins. And despite their differences, they united to build a legacy of liberty and freedom that has stood the test of time. As we celebrate Independence Day—with fireworks, parades, and backyard barbeques—I pray we will appreciate the God-given blessings of liberty and opportunity that have made America a shining city on a hill; a light to inspire the oppressed and attract immigrants who have in turn enriched our culture and our country.  

“May we also honor those who have sacrificed and served, and those who continue to serve at home and abroad, to preserve our liberty and prosperity. This includes our men and women of the military along with law enforcement and first responders. We always owe a debt to those who confront danger to allow us to live in peace and security.

“As we celebrate on this extended weekend, please be careful, responsible and patient, particularly on the roads. 

“God bless America.” 


AG Reyes Congratulates Judge Susan Eisenman on Her Confirmation to Third District Juvenile Court

SALT LAKE CITY June 21, 2017 — The Office of the Attorney General released the following statement congratulating Utah Attorney General Division Director Susan Eisenman on her Utah Senate confirmation of her appointment to the Third District Juvenile Court:

“My congratulations to Director Eisenman on her confirmation. Susan has been an amazing leader for our office and for the state and we are sad to see her leave our office,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “She is no-nonsense but fair and compassionate; meticulous yet remarkably efficient. Susan also possesses the rare combination of a brilliant legal mind, tremendous judgment and creativity in problem-solving and the ability to manage people in a most nurturing and productive way. Her clients, her division and all in the Utah Attorney General’s Office will feel her departure deeply. Nevertheless, we are thrilled by her appointment, and we know that she will serve the people of Utah from the bench with dignity, dedication, and brilliance, as she has throughout her career.”

Chief Civil Deputy Bridget Romano also commented: “I have known Susan Eisenman for several years now. She has been a trusted colleague, and one of my most valuable and creative managers. I cannot begin to fathom the hole that will be left in the office by her absence. The bench gains a tremendous legal mind and advocate for the interests of Utah’s children and the needs of the families. I wish Susan nothing but the best.”


Suspect in ATM Robbery Case Pleads Guilty

Could receive life in prison for aggravated robbery charge

WEBER COUNTY, Utah June 12, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced today that Kacy Peterson, 48, of Ogden, Utah pleaded guilty last week to a First Degree Felony charge of aggravated robbery and a Third Degree Felony for forgery on an insurance fraud case. The ATM case stems from a tip to OAG investigators in late October 2016.

Peterson, with conspirators, decided to use a Taser to attack an ATM worker, steal the ATM worker’s keys, and take the cash held in the machine. However, before the conspirators could execute their plan to attack the ATM worker, OAG investigators obtained warrants and arrested them. 

On the insurance fraud case, Peterson sent fraudulent emails, claiming to be his insurance representative, to a rental car company with the purpose to defraud the company.   

Peterson is scheduled to be sentenced on both cases on July 31, 2017. For the aggravated robbery charge, he faces five years to life in the state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. For forgery, Peterson could be sentenced from zero to five years in the state prison and receive a fine of up to $5,000. This case was prosecuted by the Special Prosecution Section and Insurance Fraud Section of the OAG Justice Division.


AG Reyes Statement on Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

SALT LAKE CITY May 4, 2017 – Attorney General Reyes released the following statement today on the addition of two individuals to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

“As I have stated often, our men and women in blue are some of the greatest public servants we have. For their contributions to our state and communities, they deserve the highest respect and appreciation we can impart. It is an honor for me and my team to oversee such deeply-experienced and exceptionally trained law enforcement agents and prosecutors in the Utah Attorney General’s Office who bring tremendous expertise to handle some of the most complex investigations in Utah. It is equally a privilege for our office to work on task forces and in the field with federal, state, county, city, and tribal officers who all make up our law enforcement family.  As we celebrate together the contributions of the officers who make up the ‘thin blue line,’ our hope is that law enforcement and the communities they protect may come together to rebuild trust and strengthen ties.

“Today we honor the service, memory, and families of Trooper Eric Ellsworth and Officer Cody Brotherson, each who paid the ultimate price. We will always be grateful for their sacrifice. Let us never forget in our prayers those who rush selflessly into harm’s way to protect and rescue those in danger.”

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AG Reyes expresses sympathy for Judge Robert K. Hilder family

SALT LAKE CITY April 27, 2017 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes expressed his sympathies for the family of former Third Judicial District Court Judge Robert K. Hilder.

“The Utah Attorney General’s Office expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of Judge Robert K. Hilder upon his passing today.  Judge Hilder was a friend to many of us in the office and a dedicated public servant, most recently as the Summit County Attorney and prior to that as a distinguished jurist for many years.  Judge Hilder was known in the legal community for his compassion, care, and enthusiasm for the law.”

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AG Reyes Congratulates AAGs on Nominations as Finalists for 3rd District Juvenile Court

SALT LAKE CITY April 20, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement congratulating Utah Attorney General Division Director Susan Eisenman and Section Director Annette Jan for their nomination by the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission as two of the five finalists from whom the Governor will select the next juvenile court judge in the third district:

“It is a testament to the extremely high caliber of attorneys in the Utah Office of Attorney General that both Susan Eisenman and Annette Jan have been selected as finalists among so many qualified applicants. Those of us who have the privilege of working with Susan and Annette on a daily basis, both in and out of our office, are not surprised in the least by their selection,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “I commend the nomination commission for advancing both their names to the Governor.  

“From the early days of her career as an attorney guardian ad litem, representing children in child abuse and neglect cases to her more than 20 years with the office and in leadership positions, Susan Eisenman has demonstrated an innate ability to assimilate complex issues, advocate for her clients and lead her fellow attorneys in managing heavy caseloads and sensitive issues our office often addresses. Similarly, Annette Jan is a respected leader, experienced and highly skilled attorney who goes above and beyond to help her coworkers, clients, and the office. Despite the serious and challenging cases she handles, she is known by her coworkers to always lead with grace and good humor. Both are excellent attorneys, hardworking public servants, and incredible assets to Utah.”


AAG Susan Eisenman is Division Director of the State Agency Counsel Division.

Susan Eisenman has spent the last twenty years working as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah, representing various agencies within the State, and currently, serves as Division Director of the State Agency Counsel Division and as counsel to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  As an Assistant Attorney General for the Utah Department of Human Services, Susan has had the opportunity to look at social issues from legal, administrative, and policy perspectives. Susan participated in the successful defense of a class action lawsuit against the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (M.A.C. v. Betit) and the successful resolution of a thirteen-year-long class action lawsuit against the Division of Child and Family Services (David C. v. Leavitt). Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Susan was an attorney guardian ad litem, representing children in child abuse and neglect cases, and, before that, provided parental defense for persons accused of child abuse and neglect.

AAG Annette Jan is Section Chief of the Child Protection where she works with the Children’s Justice Centers. 

Annette Jan has served as the Section Chief of the Child Protection division for over five years. She works with the Children’s Justice Centers and attends the Children’s Justice Center multi-discipline staffing for Salt Lake City each week. In 2012, the Children’s Justice Center of Salt Lake County selected Annette to receive the “Professional of the Year” award for her outstanding services to child victims of crime served at the Children’s Justice Center. As the leader in her section, she has a busy schedule filled with administrative duties, working with DCFS, and drafting Protective Supervision Services petitions for each attorney. Prior to becoming an attorney, Annette worked for the Davis County Attorney’s Office as a victim advocate and for DCFS as a social service worker holding multiple positions including intake worker, child protective services investigator, on-going worker, and foster care worker. She also specialized in serious physical and sexual abuse cases as a CPS investigator.   

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AG Reyes’ Statement on Child Abuse Prevention/Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SALT LAKE CITY April 17, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement on Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including a highlight of the Children’s Justice Centers and the important multidisciplinary work they do to help children affected by abuse recover:

“April is both National Prevent Child Abuse Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Both speak to issues important to ensuring our state’s many communities are safe for all.  The Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) works tirelessly to stop sexual assault and child abuse and bring perpetrators to justice.  

“The Utah AGO is proud to support and work alongside community partners to break the cycle of abuse and prevent sexual assaults from taking place in domestic situations as well as work and campus environments. From our own Attorney General-sponsored One With Courage initiative to numerous efforts from NGOs, corporate and non-profit partners, we can make a difference by continuing to educate and raise awareness of the horror of all types of abuse while doing everything to lift victims and survivors to a safe place. 

“In addition, the Utah AGO has prioritized the protection of children from all forms of abuse. Administered under the AGO, the Children’s Justice Centers (CJCs) are child-focused, facility-based, safe environments in which representatives from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical services, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases.  

“In an average year, Utah’s CJCs conduct 4,500 interviews, handle 5,500 cases, and serve as many as 15,000 people. They are an incredible asset to our communities and to our state. With over 25 years of experience, the CJCs’ multidisciplinary approach to supporting child victims impacted by crime and abuse helps children recover from the trauma of abuse.  

“The Utah CJC Program includes 20 locations serving communities across the state. The result is a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family focused system response possible.

“One of the most effective ways we can prevent child abuse is to ensure parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to care for their children. Research shows families are strengthened when there is nurturing and attachment, knowledge about parenting and child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, and concrete supports for parents.  As we strengthen families, we strengthen our communities, and we protect children from abuse and sexual assault.” 

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Statewide Crisis Line, Suicide Prevention Efforts Moving Forward

Commission will work towards a single, statewide mental health crisis line

SALT LAKE CITY April 11, 2017 – With Attorney General Sean Reyes, Utah legislators, and mental health professionals, and supporters looking on, Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed SB 37, as well as two amendments to suicide prevention statutes, moving the state one step closer to a statewide crisis line. Sponsored by Utah State Senator Daniel Thatcher and Representative Steve Eliason, along with co-sponsors Representative Carol Spackman Moss and Senator Curt Bramble, the new law creates a commission to consolidate local mental health crisis lines. By integrating existing efforts into a single crisis line, the commission is tasked to create a single statewide line connecting individuals in a mental health crisis with a mental or behavioral health professional easier.

“Today, we move towards a statewide solution for all citizens. Over the past two years we have been fortunate to work with a full team of state leaders and agencies to launch the SafeUT Crisis & Safety smartphone app for Utah students,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “This service has offered direct access to the world-renowned mental health crisis responders at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). Since its launch, thousands of Utah students have reached out to UNI for confidential and anonymous two-way communication with crisis counselors which has resulted in saved lives and healthier youth. State legislators Sen. Daniel Thatcher and Rep. Steve Eliason, sponsors of the Student Safety and Crisis Line Commission, have also led the efforts for a statewide Mental Health Crisis Line Commission. Today, as Governor Herbert signs their legislation, Utah is positioned to continue to lead the nation in this critically important response to those in mental health crisis.”

“The end goal of this legislation is simply that a plea for help will never go unanswered,” said Utah Representative Steve Eliason.

“I have never known a world without 911,” said Senator Daniel Thatcher.  “In fact, it is difficult to even imagine not knowing where to turn for physical crisis services. Yet, almost 50 years later, that is exactly where we are with Mental Health. We now know that a behavioral or mental health crisis can be just as dangerous, and requires a very different type of response.  Utah’s Mental Health Crisis Line Commission is the answer we have been looking for.”

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AG Sean Reyes Statement on National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

SALT LAKE CITY April 5, 2017 – Today, Attorney General Sean Reyes released the below statement on National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“Sadly, there are individuals and communities in our state impacted every day by the devastating effects of crime. Protecting Utahns from criminal conduct in all its many forms has always been a top priority for the Utah Attorney General’s Office. We are equally committed to stopping crime whether it be child abuse, white-collar crime, identity theft, human trafficking, Internet predation or more.

“A significant but often unheralded part of our crime fighting effort is assuring that victims know their rights and what services are available to them. As their rights are promoted and protected, victims are empowered to recover. In doing so, they can re-take control of their lives and their future, promoting healing and strength.  Survivors who are provided support and understanding will often feel safe enough to talk about their victimization. They are more also likely to seek needed services, and participate in the criminal justice process.

“The AG Office multidisciplinary response model, involving collaboration among victim service professionals, prosecutors and law enforcement, medical and mental health providers, and community organizations is essential to reach and serve all victims—including high-risk populations and minorities. Every year, the AG Office is proud to work with, protect, educate and support victims across our state.

“This week, as we recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we renew our commitment to a victim service and criminal justice response model that assists all victims of crime. We express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to those community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who work to improve our statewide response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, healing and peace.”

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