LOGAN — A 45-year-old Logan man suspected of sexually abusing four young girls during the past 20 years has pleaded not guilty. Rand S. Meyerhoffer waived his right to a preliminary hearing as attorneys for both sides try to work out a plea deal.
Meyerhoffer appeared 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He has been charged with four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; and voyeurism, a class B misdemeanor.
Defense attorney Craig Chlarson told the court they wished to waive the hearing, where a judge would have determined if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind Meyerhoffer over for trial. He also entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges.
Judge Brian Cannell ordered Meyerhoffer to appear again in court March 19.
According to police, detectives began investigating Meyerhoffer after one of the alleged victims told their mother that the suspect had molested her. She described how he “patted” or “touched” her inappropriately, over and underneath her clothing.
As the investigation continued, three more alleged victims described similar incidents involving Meyerhoffer. The girls ranged in ages from 8 to 11-years-old when the suspected sexual abuses occurred. All of them were acquaintances of the suspect.
The fourth victim, who is an adult now, told police how Meyerhoffer molested her for more than nine years, until she was over 20-years-old. She explained how he would purchase alcohol and drugs for her while she was a teenager. He would also get her drunk and then ask her to expose herself, while he inappropriately touched himself.
The woman claimed that Meyerhoffer took pornographic photographs of her when she was a teenager. She also said he would play “strip poker” with her and another one of the victims.
When detectives interviewed Meyerhoffer, he admitted to taking pictures of “butt cracks.” He also acknowledged to playing strip poker with the victims “a long time ago.”
Meyerhoffer is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail. He could face of up to life in prison if convicted.