Leavitt’s son sentenced


    By Meagan Hansen

    Gov. Leavitt”s 18-year-old son was sentenced to 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to two minor infractions involving a fight club held in an LDS church last year.

    After the media coverage that surrounded Chase Leavitt last year, the number of fight clubs in Salt Lake decreased dramatically, said Dwayne Baird, assistant public information officer for the Salt Lake Police Department.

    “The publicity from this, because of it involving the governor”s son, has helped to curtail the problem,” Baird said. “Fight clubs have come and gone and we don”t really deal with them anymore.”

    Chase Leavitt, along with 50 to 100 other high school aged kids, gathered together last December in an LDS church gymnasium to stage their fights. Those running the club charged admission to kids who were there to watch, Baird said.

    After being notified by neighbors, the police arrived and broke up the club. As people scattered, someone left behind a video camera with footage showing Chase Leavitt fighting with a younger boy.

    Chase Leavitt was the only adult identified from the tape and was the only person charged in this case, said Gill.

    “He participated in something that 100 kids participated in and he was singled out because of his visibility,” said Natalie Gouchnour, spokesperson for Gov. Leavitt.

    Chase Leavitt also received a $300 fine, which will be waived if he completes all 40 hours of community service, and was sentenced to six months of good behavior probation.

    “Chase will definitely complete the community service,” said Gouchnour. “He is doing his best to show that his life is on the right track.”

    Although Judge Douglas Cornaby dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Chase Leavitt, city officials see fighting as the most dangerous aspect of the club.

    “I think that individuals coming together and beating on each other”s heads as a form of entertainment is not appropriate,” said Simarjit Gill, Salt Lake City prosecutor.

    Baird said, “There are no paramedics or medical personnel present at these fights clubs. Kids can die. All it takes it a wrong hit to the head.”

    Gill said, however, that the prosecution was satisfied with the outcome of the case.

    “We thought it was a good compromise for all parties concerned. It gives Chase an opportunity to accept responsibility and move on with his life but it think from a prosecution perspective that this solution was fair.”

    Gov. Leavitt offers his support to his son and feels that Chase is a fine young man with his life well in place, Gouchnour said.

    Chase is currently attending school at Southern Utah University, the same school where his father studied.

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