Sentencing postponed for Logan man guilty of raping woman at local hotel

LOGAN — The sentencing for George C. Taggart has been postponed after the 33-year-old Logan man, who pleaded guilty to raping a woman at a local hotel, was arrested on new charges.

Taggart appeared in 1st District court on Tuesday, after previously pleading guilty in February to attempted rape, a first-degree felony.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler asked for the sentencing to be continued because Taggart allegedly violated his protective order and was charged with two new felonies.

Court records show, Taggart has four other misdemeanor protective order violations, along with charges of domestic violence and harassment.

Logan City Police officers arrested Taggart September 11, 2016, after a woman called 911 claiming that she was raped. The victim said she went by a hotel room where the defendant was staying. She claimed she knew him and agreed to meet him there for an unrelated matter.

Once she arrived, Taggart allegedly forced himself on her as she tried to stop him repeatedly.

The new charges allege that Taggart attempted to contact the victim multiple times while in jail.

During Wednesday’s court appearance, Demler asked for a preliminary hearing on the new charges. He said, he would work with prosecutors to possibly resolve them, so a new sentencing date could then be scheduled.

Taggart was ordered to appear again on Friday. He is being held without bail in the Cache County Jail and could face up to life in prison when sentenced.

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