Trial set for North Logan man accused of raping teenage girl multiple times

LOGAN — A two-day jury trial has been scheduled for Lucas Bennion, accused of raping a teenage girl multiple times. The 19-year-old North Logan man is charged with four counts of rape of a child, two counts of sodomy on a child and 10 counts of rape, all first-degree felonies, also one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

Bennion appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning.

Public defender Shannon Demler said that he had been unable to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors. He asked the court to set the jury trial since the defendant had already waived his rite to a preliminary hearing.

State attorney Jacob Gordon asked for the trial to be two-days because of the amount of evidence.

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 Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Brian Cannell scheduled the trial for September 21-22. He ordered Bennion to appear again in court August 15 for a final pretrial conference.

The defendant remains in the Cache County Jail on $200,000 bail.

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