WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – A Utah man accused of sexually abusing a female student in his Sunday School class, made another court appearance Thursday morning.
Sean Sund sat quietly inside the courtroom as his defense attorney and prosecutors went before a judge in a scheduling hearing. The hearing lasted about five minutes and was held to get a few things in order before the next hearing.
Sund is facing five felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after an 8-year-old girl alleged that she was sexually abused during a sleepover at his home.
Sund was a children’s Sunday School teacher in the West Jordan branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He taught Primary, and police say he frequently had several children at his home for “sleepovers.”
In court Thursday, Defense Attorney Clayton Simms filed two motions.
One motion was to “prohibit the prosecuting attorney’s and the prosecution witnesses’ use of the term ‘victim’ at the time of trial pursuant to the presumption of innocence.”
The defense said the use of “victim” improperly negates that presumption of innocence.
The second motion filed was a request for supplemental discovery. The defense requested the prosecution give them “any evidence which tends to negate the guilt of the defendant…”, “information about the nature of the “Prevent Child Abuse Utah” presentation” at an elementary school which the alleged victim attends, and “any and all audio/video recordings of the alleged victim.”
The next hearing in this case has been scheduled for September 12.