LOGAN — A 43-year-old Logan man accused of downloading hundreds of videos and pictures of children being sexually abused has pleaded not guilty. Daniel G. Archibald waived his right to a preliminary hearing as his attorneys work on a possible plea deal.
Archibald appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He was previously charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and five misdemeanors of distribution of an intimate image.
Archibald’s defense attorney told the court that they wished to waive their right to the preliminary hearing, where a judge would determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind the suspect over for trial. They asked for a future hearing as they negotiate a possible settlement.
Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Archibald to appear again in court December 16.
Police report that in June, officers received a tip from agents with the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) at the State Attorney General’s Office. They had allegedly tracked Archibald downloading more than one hundred pictures and videos of child pornography.
When police served a warrant to Archibald’s residence they located the material on multiple electronic devices. Those items were seized and sent to the Utah State Crime Lab for forensic analysis.
Officers believe Archibald downloaded the material off the internet. It doesn’t appear that any of the victims filmed were from the local area.
Archibald remains out of jail on $100,000 bond. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.