Richmond man accused of sexually abusing two girls asks for trial date

LOGAN — A four-day trial has been scheduled for Dustin J. Mangum. The 38-year-old Richmond man is accused of sexually abusing two girls.

Mangum appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. His defense attorney, Bryan Galloway, asked for the trial date after he and prosecutors failed to reach a plea agreement for the two cases against the defendant.

Judge Kevin Allen scheduled the trial to begin May 30.

State attorneys allege that Mangum sexually abused a girl in May 2003. The victim, who is a teenager now, claims the abuse occurred when she was around four-years-old. The second victim is an 11-year-old girl who claims she was also sexually abused over the course of several years, before the defendant was arrested August 19.

Prosecutors have filed 25 charges against him, including 10 counts of sodomy of a child and 15 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Each charge carries a penalty of five-years-to-life in prison.

The May trial only involves the first victim and two of the charges of sodomy on a child.

During Monday’s hearing, state attorney Spencer Walsh said prosecutors planned to file a motion, asking the court to allow evidence of other acts of child molestation during the trial.

Judge Allen set a hearing date for May 2, when attorneys for both sides will argue the motion.

Mangum remains in the Cache County Jail, being held without bail.

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