Logan man arrested in teenage sex sting waives preliminary hearing

LOGAN — A 53-year-old Logan man, who allegedly drove to a local department store expecting to meet up with a teenage girl for sex, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Shawn L. Radford will remain in jail as his attorney works out a possible plea deal with prosecutors.

Radford appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday afternoon. His public defender, Shannon Demler told the court they had reviewed the case’s evidence and wished to waive the hearing. He asked Judge Brian Cannell to give them a month, to allow the defendant to begin a psychosexual evaluation.

Radford has been charged with four counts of enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, three counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony and two misdemeanor drug charges. He spoke only briefly in court, telling Judge Cannell he understood that he was waiving his right to allow prosecutors to present their evidence in the case.

Police report that in August, a 15-year-old girl claimed she saw a man peeking in her window. The girl’s family later found a note, believed to be from the suspect, telling her to text him if she wanted to meet up.

A police detective, posing as a 15-year-old girl, texted the phone number from the note and had several exchanges with the suspect. The messages were allegedly sexual in nature.

Earlier this month the suspect reportedly texted the detective again, asking to meet at a local department store.

Police set up a sting operation and arrested Radford when he showed up at the store. He allegedly had condoms and methamphetamine in his possession.

Radford reportedly admitted to sending the texts but claimed he thought the girl was 18-years-old.

During Wednesday’s court appearance, Judge Cannell ordered Radford to remain in jail on $200,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear again in court February 14 for a pretrial conference.

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