Case of Vernal Domestic Violence Escalates to Rape Charge

A case of domestic violence in Vernal has one man facing six charges including one count of rape. According to the Vernal Police Probable Cause statement, 27-year-old Zachary David Perrin was arrested on August 17th as he tried to flee from the Basin but was stopped in Duchesne County and brought into custody. In July, Perrin allegedly told his wife to apologize for a look she gave him and pushed her while she held the couple’s one year old child. Perrin began to choke her and then locked her with the children in the bathroom so they would not leave. His wife took pictures of her neck that police stated were consistent with her story. Afraid for their safety and unsure what to do, Perrin’s wife stayed in the home with his promise to change, that is until an incident in August that police say amounted to one charge of Rape and one charge of Forcible Sodomy, both first degree felonies. When investigators contacted Perrin he was evasive and said he was leaving town to visit family. Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office picked him up and he was transported to the Roosevelt Police Department and then on to the Uintah County Jail. In addition to the felony charges, Perrin is charged with misdemeanor Assault, 2 counts of Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child, and Unlawful Detention. Perrin posted the $5,000 bail but has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor. Perrin was in court this week and was served with a Pre-Trial Protective Order by the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.