LOGAN — The five-day trial for a 37-year-old Logan man, facing 12 counts of sex abuse of a child and forcible sex abuse began, 17-months after charges were originally filed against him.
Brian Williams appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday as attorneys from both sides, presented their opening statements to the 10 jurors.
Williams is charged with sexually abusing three girls who claimed he molested them repeatedly. They also said he would shower with them and “skinny dip” with them in a hot tub. He is charged with six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony and six counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
During opening statements, State attorney Spencer Walsh said the case was about deceit and betrayal. He described how Williams, before being arrested, admitted that he, “let things go to far.” He told the court that the victims and other witnesses would testify during the trial and give graphic details of what took place over the several years.
Defense attorney Camille Neider said Williams is affectionate and physical, but he never crossed the line of sexual abuse. She asked the jurors to focus on if his alleged actions were for arousal and sexual gratification.
Williams was arrested May 1, 2014, and has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. It is expected he will testify during the trial.
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