LOGAN — A 23-year-old Logan man, already serving a prison sentence for molesting a child, has confessed to sexually abusing another girl. Trisden Smith is already serving a sentence of 15-years-to-life and could now face even more time behind bars.
Smith appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray said Smith molested the second victim in 2016. The young girl was an acquaintance of the defendant, who was supposed to be babysitting her at the time the crimes occurred.
Public defender Diane Pitcher said as part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a remaining charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. They also agreed to ask that Smith’s new charge run concurrent with his existing prison sentence.
Smith spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s hearing. He told the court he was willing to waive his rights to a fair trial, in exchange for his guilty plea.
Murray asked the court to postpone sentencing for a few weeks so the victim and her family can be present.
Judge Brian Cannell agreed and ordered Smith to appear for sentencing December 17.
In January, Smith was arrested the first time after investigators learned how he had raped and sodomized a young child. The crimes took place over several years. He later accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Smith remained in jail until he was sentenced to prison in May. He could still face up to life in prison depending on whether or not Judge Cannell follows the plea deal recommendation.