LOGAN — A 39-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to jail for failing to register as a sex-offender. Matthew A. Strang was ordered to serve 30-days behind bars.
Strang was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to three counts of failure to register as a sex-offender, a third-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend the defendant be sentenced to jail instead of prison.
Defense attorney Logan Collins asked the court to follow the jail recommendation. He explained that Strang was now complying with the sex-offender registry, has a good job and strong family support.
Strang spoke briefly during the sentencing. He acknowledged to making mistakes in the past. He claimed still that he didn’t realize he was required to continue updating his sex-offender registry after moving to Utah.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray said prosecutors agreed to the lighter sentence but would ask for Strang to be sent to prison if he has anymore violations.
In April, police officers responded to Strang’s home on a health emergency. After providing medical assistance, police learned that Strang had a warrant for his arrest out of Tennessee. Officers there claimed he failed to keep his sex-offender registry up to date, after being convicted of attempted sodomy of a minor in September 2000.
Strang was cooperative with officers. He told them that he thought he only had to register for 10-years, so he never registered after moving to Logan.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Brian Cannell ordered Strang to be placed on probation after completing his jail sentence. He also sentenced him to pay a $600 fine or complete 60 hours of community service, and receive moral recognition therapy.