Logan man charged with child sex abuse waives preliminary hearing

LOGAN — A 23-year-old Logan man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, as attorneys work out a possible plea agreement.

DeAndre Cardwell appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell told the court they agreed to waive their right to the hearing, under the condition they and state attorneys can work out a suitable resolution. If the plea agreement can’t be reached, he asked for the hearing to be rescheduled at a later date.

Deputies believe Cardwell assaulted the young girl in July 2011. The victim allegedly knew the suspect.

During Monday’s court appearance, Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Cardwell to appear again July 2. The suspect faces 15-years-to-life in prison if convicted.


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