LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Lucas Bennion, who is accused of raping a teenage girl multiple times. The hearing was scheduled as attorneys hinted about a possible plea deal for the 19-year-old North Logan man.
Bennion appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He is charged with six counts of rape of a child and 10 counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, also one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
Public defender Shannon Demler asked the court for the preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if the defendant will be bound over for trial, after prosecutors present their evidence. He told the court it is likely his client will waive the hearing though, as they work on a possible plea deal.
Judge Brian Cannell scheduled the hearing for June 15. He ordered the defendant to remain in jail on $200,000 bail.
Police allege that Bennion engaged in sexual activity with the 14-year-old girl days after meeting her. The assaults allegedly occurred between last November and April of this year. He also persuaded her into texting him inappropriate photos of herself. He later confessed to having sex with her at least 30 times.
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