LOGAN — A 38-year-old North Logan man has confessed to trying to sexually entice several young girls and other crimes. Jeremiah C. Abel was originally arrested in December and booked into the Cache County Jail. Three months later he was arrested again on DUI charges after causing a vehicle crash in Logan. He was arrested a third time after a woman reported he sexually assaulted her.
Abel appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to two one count of enticing a minor over the internet, a second-degree felony; dealing in materials harmful to a minor and driving under the influence of alcohol, both second-degree felonies; and sexual battery, modified to a class A misdemeanor.
Cache County deputy attorney Dane Murray told the court that on December 7, 2018, Abel sent text messages to several teenage girls, encouraging them to engage in sexual relations with him. He also sent them pornographic pictures of himself. The victims were all acquaintances of the defendant and reported the behavior to police.
In March, Abel was driving in Logan when he attempted to turn left and pulled in front of another car, causing the two car crash. He refused to take a field sobriety test after officers detected the smell of alcohol. His blood later showed a blood alcohol level of .25. He has previously been convicted of another felony DUI.
Murray also explained that in July, Abel groped a woman’s buttocks in a sexual nature. She was reportedly visiting his home, watching fireworks at the time.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop four remaining charges.
Abel spoke only briefly during Monday’s hearing. He told the court he understood the conditions of the plea deal and that he was willing to waive his rights to a fair trial.
Judge Kevin Allen scheduled sentencing for October 7.
Abel remains out of jail but is living at an inpatient center, receiving treatment for sexual addictions. He could be sentenced to up to 15-years in prison.