LOGAN — A 19-year-old North Logan man accused of raping a teenage girl multiple times has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, as attorneys work towards a possible plea bargain. Lucas Bennion 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.
The hearing was scheduled Thursday afternoon in 1st District Court. Public defender Shannon Demler explained that Bennion wanted to waive his right to have prosecutors present their evidence in the case. He also said, he and state attorneys were working on a possible resolution in the case.
Police allege that Bennion engaged in sexual activity with a 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.
During Thursday’s hearing, Judge Brian Cannell ordered Bennion to appear again in court June 27. The defendant remains in the Cache County Jail on $200,000 bail.
Waiving the preliminary hearing and possible plea deal will keep the victim from having to testify in court.
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