Logan man admits to sexually abusing woman

LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has admitted to sexually abusing a woman last summer. Paul B. Costel accepted a plea deal that will require him to register as a sex offender and could send him to prison.

Costel appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. His defense attorney said they had come to a resolution in the case, and wished to waive the hearing.

Costel said he understood the rights he was giving up by accepting the agreement. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony.

Police arrested Costel after the victim reported the assault that occurred June 27. The woman and defendant were acquaintances.

During Wednesday’s court appearance, state attorney Jacob Gordon said the defendant had sex with the woman, even though she vocally told him “no.”

Judge Brian Cannell ordered Costel to undergo a pre-sentence report, about his criminal history. He scheduled sentencing for Feburary 14.

Costel remains out of jail after posting $40,000 bail. He could face up to 15-years in prison.


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