Utah resident Corey Gibbs, 44, was sentenced to a year in the Teton County Jail beginning Oct. 8 after pleading guilty to sexual assault in the third degree.
His split sentence — an alternative to serving three to five years in a state penitentiary — will require Gibbs to follow his yearlong sentence with three years of supervised probation.
Gibbs was originally charged last year in Teton County Circuit Court after his victim, a woman employed at Sorensen Companies Inc., reported to a Jackson Police Department detective that Gibbs sexually assaulted her at an apartment they were sharing for a few days at Hidden Hollow.
That apartment was rented by Sorensen Companies, whose staff asked the victim whether Gibbs, a former foreman at the company, could be housed in the same unit as her for a week. They added at the time that he was a respectable and good employee.
Sorensen Executive Vice President Chad Sorensen told the News&Guide that Gibbs had worked for the company for many years without any complaints, including many out-of-town trips, hence their vouching for him initially.
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In July 2020 the victim told police she woke up in her bedroom to Gibbs touching her vagina. She pushed Gibbs away and told him that he had no right to be in her bedroom or to touch her. He replied that he wanted to pleasure her, court files state. She then ran upstairs to another coworker, and the two decided to call police.
She also called Sorensen management, who fired Gibbs that same day, Sorensen said.
Court files further state that throughout the three days Gibbs had been staying with the victim he talked about how attractive she was, called her sexy, talked about women masturbating and said he wished that he could pleasure her. During some of those exchanges the victim left the apartment to separate herself from Gibbs, telling him that she was only his co-worker and nothing else.
Jackson Police Department detective Jason Figueroa then called Gibbs’ cell but he didn’t pick up. He left a voicemail, then went to the Hidden Hollow apartment, but neither he nor his possessions were in the apartment.
After he had left, Gibbs’ wife called Jackson police and inquired about the investigation into her husband, court files state, to which Figueroa said it was an ongoing investigation but that Gibbs should call him as soon as possible. Gibbs did not call Figueroa, court files state.
While Gibbs was still avoiding investigators the victim went to St. John’s Hospital for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Examination, which showed DNA from an unidentified male. Figueroa then contacted a detective from the Clinton Police Department in Clinton, Utah, and asked them to draft a search warrant to collect Gibbs’ DNA sample, court files state.
On Oct. 27, 2020, a Clinton detective met Gibbs and executed the search warrant, which resulted in oral samples that matched the same DNA left on the victim’s neck.
Gibbs was charged with sexual assault in the third degree, which means sexual contact while the victim is “unconscious, asleep or otherwise physically unable to communicate unwillingness to act,” according to Wyoming State Statute 6-2-301(a)(iii), which results in a maximum 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine.
Gibbs arrived at the Teton County Jail on Oct. 8 to serve a one-year sentence, with 20 days shaved off for the 20 days already spent in jail before trial.
When he gets out next year he will be subject to probation that calls for him to follow all laws, not consume alcohol, not associate with people consuming alcohol, submit to drug tests, permit searches at any time, receive a psycho-sexual evaluation and other classes and evaluations. Additionally, he must not have any contact with the victim.
Sorensen said Gibbs deserved his sentence and hoped for the best for the victim.