LOGAN — A 36-year-old Arkansas man accused of traveling to Logan to have sex with a teenage girl made his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning. Jeremiah S. Wood is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies. Also sexual exploitation of a minor and seducing a minor over the internet, both second-degree felonies, and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony.
Wood was arraigned in 1st District Court, standing next to Wayne Caldwell, his defense attorney. They asked for a preliminary hearing to be set, when Judge Brian Cannell will rule if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind the suspect over for trial.
Wood was arrested August 16. He is being held in the Cache County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said Wood allegedly traveled to the area in May. He met up with the teenage girl from Hyrum at the Days Inn, reportedly checking in under a false identity. He had been communicating with her for over a year, exchanging pornographic photos.
The case is a joint effort between deputies and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Cannell scheduled the preliminary hearing for September 14.
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