North Logan man confesses to sexually abusing mentally handicapped woman

Booking photo for David Sagoe (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 34-year-old North Logan man has confessed to sexually abusing a mentally handicapped woman. David Sagoe waived his right to a preliminary hearing and accepted a plea deal that could keep him from being sent to prison.

Sagoe appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and one count of attempted forcible sexual abuse, amended to a third-degree felony.

Public defender Bryan Galloway explained that as part of the deal, prosecutors will not recommend a prison sentence in exchange for Sagoe’s guilty plea. Four remaining charges were also dropped.

Cache County deputy attorney Griffin Hazard told the court how Sagoe was supposed to be caring for the victim last month. During that time, the defendant removed her clothes and molested and sexually assaulted her. The woman has the approximate mental competency of a 6-year-old.

According to a police report, when officers interviewed Sagoe, he confessed to doing things that he knew were wrong and expressed remorse. He also said that similar incidents had happened five-six times during the past month.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen explained that regardless of what the attorney’s recommend, he could still sentence Sagoe to between one and 15-years in prison. He asked the defendant to cooperate with a presentence report that will be compiled by probation agents about his criminal history.

Sagoe remains in jail on $60,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 21.

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