On Wednesday, as protesters gathered outside the courthouse and in the courtroom, Utah Judge Mandy Larsen set a $100,000 bail for David Lee Hamblin, a disgraced former therapist and accused child abuser. Judge Larsen allowed Hamblin to pay the bail with either cash or a bond.
Hamblin's potential release is also contingent on a number of other conditions, including that a private company monitor him in the months leading to an eventual trial, he wear a GPS ankle monitor and be confined to house arrest, and agree not to have any contact with the alleged victims or their families. Hamblin was also ordered to forfeit his passport and agree not to apply for a new one while the case is pending.
Hamblin, a 68-year-old former therapist from Provo, has been held in Utah County Jail since his September 2022 arrest by the Utah County Sheriff's Office for multiple first-degree felony sexual offenses against a child. He was booked for three counts of sodomy of a child, 1 count of rape of a child, 2 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and 1 misdemeanor count of lewdness involving a child.
Hamblin is the first suspect to be arrested in the Utah County Sheriff's Office (UCSO) investigation into reports of ritualistic child sexual abuse from as far back as 1990. In May 2022, the UCSO announced they were working with multiple county and federal agencies on the investigation which originally began in April 2021. The investigation subsequently discovered previous reports alleging "similar forms of ritualistic sexual abuse and trafficking" that occurred in Utah County, Juab County, and Sanpete County during the time between 1990 and 2010.