3 Men in Rape To Go To Trial, 1 Man Released

The 4 men charged with the rape of a 9-year-old Uintah County girl were in 8th District Court this week. According to Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, the rape of a 9-year-old girl by multiple men was reported to deputies on March 29th. The child was sleeping on the couch of a Uintah County residence on March 27th while her mother was visiting friends. According to investigators, the victim’s mother went into the garage of the home and was smoking methamphetamine. During that time, the child was taken into another room in the home where she told investigators she was raped by the four men. Following a search warrant at the resident, 36-year-old Larson Rondeau was arrested on March 29th. 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip, and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip were arrested on March 31st and April 1st. All four men were booked into Uintah County Jail on first degree felony rape of a child and first degree sodomy on a child. In court this week, both charges against 20-year-old Josiah Rondeau were Dismissed without Prejudice, meaning charges can be made again in the future. Larson Rondeau, Jerry Flatlip, and Randall A. Flatlip each pleaded Not Guilty on both charges. The pretrial conference for the three men is scheduled forAugust 16th in 8th District Court. The trio will remain in custody at Uintah County Jail.


Steve Evans

Steve’s Broadcast Career began in 1985. He has experience working in markets such as Salt Lake City, Springfield Mo, Albuquerque N.M., Wichita Ks, and Saint George, Utah. Since 1994 Steve has raised a family and lived in Vernal and is proud to call North Eastern Utah home. A Regan Republican since 1980, Steve is a champion of conservative values both social and political. Holding firm to these values in business has been a philosophy that has served KVEL, and the communities it serves, well. He writes human interest stories about local community members  on "Round the Town."