Competency hearing ordered for Logan man suspected of raping woman during party

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A 30-year-old man accused of raping a woman during a party will undergo a psychological evaluation, to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Paul W. Doucette was arrested in November and later charged with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony.

Doucette appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon. His defense attorney, Shannon Demler said, after reviewing prosecutor’s evidence in the case, he questioned whether his client understands the charges filed against him.

According to police, Doucette allegedly sexually assaulted the woman during a party, early on the morning of October 29. The victim told officers, the defendant attempted to have sex with her. After telling him no and pushing him away, he held her down on the floor and raped her multiple times. The assault stopped when she called out to a friend, who walked into the room and witnessed what was happening.

Doucette has a history of mental health issues. In October 2016, Doucette walked into a hair salon with an air-soft handgun under his arm. He reportedly waived the gun, telling the employees that he worked for the police and god. He walked out the backdoor of the business and was later confronted by officers and arrested.

Last fall, he was committed to Bear River Mental Health and had been released on a trial basis, at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen said he was familiar with Doucette’s history and looked forward to what the evaluation determined. He ordered the defendant to appear again in court March 5.

Doucette remains out of jail on pre-trial supervision, after posting $20,000 bail.

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