North Logan man suspected of raping girl after posing as her girlfriend online

Booking photo of Tristan Todd Larson (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — Police have arrested a 20-year-old North Logan man, suspected of posing as a girl on social media to lure a teenage girl to his home and raping her. Tristan T. Larson was booked Wednesday night into the Cache County Jail.

According to a police report, the 13-year-old girl said she allegedly received a Snapchat message on June 22. The message was from a girl that she believed she knew from school, and invited her to an apartment complex in North Logan.

The girl told North Park police officers that when she went to the apartment, Larson answered the door and pulled her inside. He then placed a red bandanna over her mouth and tied it around the back of her head.

The girl claimed that Larson pushed her down a hallway, into a bedroom and onto a bed. He then pulled her pants down and raped her. She said that she was unable to scream due to the bandanna, and the suspect didn’t say anything to her throughout the assault.

The girl told police that after the incident, she ran out of the apartment. She was able to describe some of the details about the inside of the room. She also identified Larson, who was an acquaintance of her boyfriend.

Officers questioned Larson earlier this week. He admitted to being with the victim on the day of the assault but claimed she had never been in his apartment. When they questioned him further, he invoked his right to an attorney.

DNA was obtained from the victim and Larson. It has been sent off to the Utah State Crime Lab.

Larson was arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon, appearing by video from jail. He was charged with rape of a child, a first-degree felony; and two misdemeanors for drug possession.

Judge Brian Cannell ordered Larson to be held without bail. He scheduled the suspect to appear again in court next week.

Larson could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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