LOGAN — The preliminary hearing for a 37-year-old North Logan man, suspected of physically beating a child, is on hold while attorneys work out a possible plea agreement. Richard Martinez was arrested November 2, 2018.
Martinez appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously was charged with four counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony; and one count of assault, a class B misdemeanor.
On November 2, 2018, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the North Park Police Department, served a search warrant to a North Logan home near 2200 Nouth 700 East.
Martinez was taken into custody without incident. The victim was removed from the home by agents with the Division of Child and Family Services. The extent of her injuries were not disclosed.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Kevin Vander Werff explained that he was working on a possible plea deal with prosecutors. He asked that his client’s preliminary hearing be put on hold while they work out the details.
Judge Kevin Allen granted Vander Werff time to work out the possible resolution. He ordered Martinez to appear again in court June 25.
Martinez is out of jail after posting $40,000 bond. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.