Judge Denies Howell’s Request to Travel Out of State

By Jason Van Arkel, August 21, 2019

The Bloomfield man accused of kidnapping and sexual abuse will not be allowed to travel out of state for a third time before his trial.

Timothy Howell had asked the court in Davis County to let him travel for his work as a parade organizer. His first two requests were unopposed by prosecutors, but they filed a motion to oppose when he asked to travel again this month. Judge Lucy Gamon decided to deny Howell’s request, citing the seriousness of the charges against him.

Howell faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, and one count of third-degree kidnapping. Authorities say he sexually abused a woman on two different occasions in May, and during the second offense, also held her against her will for over a day. His trial is scheduled to begin on November 5th.

Howell was arrested on June 4th. Authorities say that on May 21st, he drove a woman from Iowa to Missouri to pick up some food. After they returned to Davis County, Howell refused to drop off the woman or otherwise allow her to leave. The next day, law enforcement was able to speak to the two of them on the phone. Howell refused to say where he was taking the woman, but she told them Howell was taking her to Wisconsin, and she was afraid he would rape her there.

Howell eventually let the woman go, and she later told authorities that he had sexually abused her both on the day of the kidnapping, and another day two weeks beforehand. She also accused him of threatening to kill anyone she might tell about the incident.

In other court news, a former Davis County Schools employee accused of sexually exploiting a student has failed to have evidence against him suppressed.

Paul Fleetwood was arrested last September after an investigation determined he had tried to start an inappropriate relationship with a Davis County student. Court records indicate the incident happened in July of 2018. Fleetwood was charged with one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

The 51-year-old Fleetwood argued that his initial conversations with law enforcement should not be admissible because he did not have an attorney present. Judge Kirk Daily denied Fleetwood’s request, rejecting his contention that authorities had decided to prosecute him before they spoke with him. Daily also denied Fleetwood’s request to reconsider dismissing the charges against him. Fleetwood’s initial motion to dismiss was denied last month.


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