Sex assault trial postponed for further DNA testing

Michael Anthony, 58, accused of raping a 20-year old girl and faces one count of sodomy, a first-degree felony.

LOGAN — New found DNA evidence is postponing the trial for Michael Anthony. The 58-year-old Logan man is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in 2013.

Investigators said they recently found a DNA swab as they were reviewing evidence in the case. The sample was reportedly taken from the alleged victim after the assault occurred and has already tested positive for male DNA.

During a pretrial conference Tuesday morning, defense attorney Wayne Caldwell said prosecutors had told him, an out of state crime lab is going to test the sample further to try and identify the DNA. He said the testing will take more time.

Judge Brian Cannell rescheduled the two-day bench trial for January 21. He expressed frustration over the delay but said both the victim and defendant have rights. “The court wants to get it right,” said Judge Cannell.

During a preliminary hearing in March, the victim described how Anthony sexually assaulted her in a bathroom during a 2013 Halloween party. The victim described how she felt herself being assaulted and could hear Anthony’s voice saying how beautiful she was.

Anthony was later arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty.

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