LOGAN — A 52-year-old Logan man has admitted that prosecutors have enough evidence to prove he tried to hold a woman against her will and sexually assault her. Daniel Mingott accepted a plea agreement that could still send him to prison.
Mingott appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He pleaded “no contest” to the reduced charges of attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony; and attempted aggravated kidnapping, a class A misdemeanor.
Judge Brian Cannell explained to Mingott that while technically pleading “no contest” does not admit guilt, it is viewed just as a “guilty” plea in court.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray told the court how, in September, Mingott reportedly held the victim in a bathroom while trying to rape her. The suspect continued to assault the woman until she pushed him out of the room and locked the door.
During a previous preliminary hearing, the victim testified how she and Mingott originally had a mutual relationship. After several months, though, he allegedly became emotionally and physically abusive. He would steal her medications, frighten her, and tell family members that she was emotionally unstable.
The woman tearfully told the court she started recording her interactions with Mingott, fearing her own safety. She claimed he was trying to destroy her.
Mingott did not speak during Tuesday’s hearing, except for waiving his rights for a trial and entering his plea.
Judge Cannell ordered Mingott to undergo a pre-sentence report about his criminal history. He also scheduled sentencing for March 9.
Mingott is originally from Peru. He was arrested in September. He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail, and could face up to five years in prison.