Elissa Wall/Allen Steed Timeline
As reported in today’s Salt Lake Tribune, Judge Rand Beachamp has scheduled a December hearing in Allen Steed’s rape case on the issue of Steed’s allegation that the case is barred by the statute of limitations. Apparently the statute references a time limitation based on when a report of rape was made to law enforcement. The statute of limitations was 8 years if the incident was reported within 4 years. There is some question about whether that statute of limitations still applies because it was amended by the legislature before it had expired.
Note the above log that was produced in discovery in Warren Jeffs’ Utah trial — the alleged offenses were between April 14, 2001 and September 30, 2004. The first report was taken by Gary Engels in January 2005, within the four year period. Steed argues that Engels was not a proper person to whom a report could be made. Engels, however, was acting as an investigator and agent of law enforcement. In any event, whether Engels was a proper person to take the report or not, an official report was apparently made and a law enforcement investigation opened in January of 2005. Note the subsequent interviews of Elissa Wall in January 2005 by law enforcement officers.
Steed is SOL on the SOL issue.