Possible plea deal coming for Logan man accused of raping girl at party

LOGAN — A 24-year-old Logan man, accused of raping a girl during a party last May, is expected to accept a plea deal as attorneys work out a resolution to the case.

Derrek Sampson appeared in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon. He is charged with rape and forcible sodomy, both first-degree felonies; and, forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

According to prosecutors, Sampson met a woman on a dating app and invited her to his home for a party with several other people on May 12. By midnight, most of those people had reportedly gone to bed or left, and the defendant began engaging in consensual sexual activity with the victim.

However, she told police Sampson allegedly went too far, causing her physical pain and injury. She repeatedly asked him to stop tearfully and attempted to push him off of her.

Sampson admitted to being under the influence at the time the allegations occurred. He told police that he must have had more to drink than he recollected. He claimed to not remember all of the events that took place that night.

During Thursday’s court appearance, defense attorney Jeanne Campbell said she and prosecutors were very close to reaching a plea deal. She expressed confidence that they will be able to work it out without going to trial. Specific details were not discussed.

Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Sampson to appear again February 11. The defendant is currently out of jail on pretrial supervision after posting bail.

Sampson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in October 2018. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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