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Utah Gov’s Security Detail Under Scrutiny

UTAH — Gov. Gary Herbert’s security officers twice last month became involved in his son’s pending stalking injunction in Utah County, according to newly released Orem police reports.

Nathan Gary Herbert, 39, has been accused of stalking the younger sister of someone he was charged with stalking in 2005. Aiona Butters says Nathan Herbert chased her out of the Orem City Library earlier this year. Last month, she told police that Nathan Herbert was leaving the Gold’s Gym in Orem, but upon seeing her, he circled her car several times and followed her back into the gym, a police report states.

After the last incident, Buttars requested a stalking injunction against Nathan Herbert.

But on the same day of the incident, in which Butters told police that bystanders at the gym came up to her and told her that Nathan Herbert had been touching himself while looking at her, the governor’s son went to the Orem police station to talk about the incident himself, according to a police report filed Aug. 4.

Later that day, the officer who had spoken with Nathan Herbert received a phone call from Lt. Jeff Anderson, who is with the governor’s executive protection detail. Anderson told the officer that the governor’s son “was concerned about the possibilities of this report hitting the news media,” the report says.

Anderson wanted to know what had happened, whether Butters and Nathan Herbert had spoken, and if their stories were consistent. The Orem officer informed the lieutenant that Butters and Nathan Herbert had given differing versions of the events.

“I told Anderson that if Nathan didn’t do anything wrong he wouldn’t have needed to come into the Orem police station,” officer C. Black wrote in the report. “This was the end of our conversation.”

A week later, Orem police responded to a reported violation of a stalking injunction at the same gym, 44 E. 800 North, where they were met by both Nathan Herbert and trooper Josh Workman, who was assigned to the governor’s Executive Protection Detail.

Workman told the officer who responded that he was there with the governor’s son to meet with the gym management about the stalking injunction and to be there in case there were any problems, a police report says.

Angie Welling, spokeswoman for the governor, said the governor does not direct when security is to be used.

“Governor Herbert trusts all decisions about the protection of himself and his family, as required by law, to the professional judgment of the Department of Public Safety and members of the Executive Protection Detail,” Welling wrote an in an e-mail responding to questions about the incident. “He does not direct those decisions, nor is he personally involved in them.”

According to state statute, “The Office of Executive Protection shall provide all necessary security and protection for the governor and the governor’s immediate family.” It does not dictate how old an immediate family member can be to still be under this order.

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