Logan man charged with Mormon dating app assault waives preliminary hearing in advance of possible plea deal

Booking photo for Kaleb M. Barclay (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 22-year-old Logan man, accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating app, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing as attorney’s work out a possible plea agreement. Kaleb M. Barclay was arrested in September and later released on bail.

Barclay appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He was charged with one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Defense attorney Christian Hansen told the court, they were working out a possible resolution with prosecutors in exchange for a guilty plea. He said they also wished to waive the preliminary hearing, where a judge would determine if their was sufficient evidence to show a crime was committed.

According to a Utah State University police report, Barclay and the alleged victim met over the Mutual app, a social media site frequently used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After meeting up at a fast food restaurant, the alleged victim agreed to go with the suspect to a “lookout spot” on the edge of campus.

The woman told officers that while the two were parked eating dinner, Barclay allegedly began grabbing her breasts and crotch, while forcefully kissing her. He also took her hands and made her touch him inappropriately. She stated that even though she asked him to stop, he continued and tried to remove her clothes.

The assault allegedly continued until the victim’s phone started ringing, allowing her time to exit the vehicle. She later contacted police after returning to her dorm room.

Officers questioned Barclay, who admitted that he “kept going after being asked to stop.” He also acknowledged to leaving marks on the victim’s chest as part of the assault.

Barclay spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s court appearance. He told Judge Brian Cannell, he was willingly waiving his rights to the hearing.

Specifics of the plea agreement were not disclosed.

Barclay was ordered to appear again in court January 21.


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