LOGAN — The case involving a 37-year-old Arkansas man, accused of traveling to Cache Valley to have sex with a teenage girl, is going to trial after attorneys failed to reach a plea deal.
Jeremiah S. Wood appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He was arrested in August 2017 and later charged with two counts of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies. He also faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and seducing a minor over the internet, both second-degree felonies, and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony.
After meeting with attorneys in chambers, Judge Brian Cannell said both sides had been unable to reach a resolution in the case. He scheduled a two-day jury trial for September 6-7.
Sheriff’s investigators claim Wood allegedly traveled to the area last May. He met up with the teenage girl from Hyrum at the Days Inn, reportedly checking in under a false identity. He is also alleged to have been communicating with her for over a year, exchanging pornographic photos.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Cannell ordered Wood to appear again for a final pretrial conference July 31.
Wood remains in the Cache County Jail on $100,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty.