LOGAN — A judge has sentenced Michael Anthony to prison for sexually assaulting a woman during a party almost four-years ago. Judge Brian Cannell said he had no proof that the 60-year-old man wouldn’t commit more crimes if he was released.
Anthony appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning, more than a year after being found guilty of attempted forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. His defense attorney, Wayne Caldwell, said his client still believes he’s innocent. He described him as being an active member of the community, who often volunteered at the food pantry and attended community council meetings.
Anthony was originally charged with performing oral sex on a 20-year-old woman in a bathroom, during a 2013 Halloween party. The alleged victim said the assault happened after she became semi-unconscious from drinking and doing drugs earlier in the evening.
During the April trial, the victim testified that she heard Anthony’s voice saying how beautiful she was, as she felt herself being assaulted. She said, she later woke up in a bedroom, downstairs in the home and had little memory of what else happened.
Another girl who was at the party testified that she saw Anthony and another man assaulting the victim. She described seeing his face in the victim’s crotch, while the other man was molesting her.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, state attorney Barbara Lachmar said Anthony should be sentenced to prison. She told the court how he was already on probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in California, when the crime was committed in 2013.
Caldwell argued for a lesser sentence, stating again that DNA evidence found on the victim didn’t even match Anthony’s.
Judge Cannell said he was aware of the DNA test but relied heavily on the eyewitness testimony during the trial. He expressed frustration for Anthony’s lack of cooperation in explaining what took place in California, or taking a psycho-sexual evaluation.
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