LOGAN — A 19-year-old Trenton man has been issued a court summons for allegedly raping a teenage girl last month. The criminal charge against Uriel Maldonado-Guadarrama were filed in 1st District Court by prosecutors Thursday afternoon.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said the incident reportedly occurred on the evening of March 25. Maldonado-Guadarrama and the alleged victim were apparently acquaintances and attending a party together.
The girl told deputies that she consumed a lot of alcohol earlier in the evening. Maldonado-Guadarrama told her, he would take care of her and put her to bed. He then allegedly took her into a bedroom at the residence and raped her while she was partially inebriated.
Investigators questioned Maldonado-Guadarrama. He cooperated with the investigation, admitted to the rape, and expressed remorse for what had happened.
Deputies discussed the case with prosecutors and determined the suspect could be issued a court summons instead of being arrested. They don’t consider him to be a flight risk or threat to the community.
Peck said the court summons will keep Maldonado-Guadarrama from being booked into jail. Deputies are trying to only incarcerate the most severe criminals, and limit the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak among inmates.
The case will likely be postponed until at least June, by order of the Utah State Supreme Court. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Court records show, Maldonado-Guadarrama was arrested March 12 for failing to appear in court. A judge had previously issued a warrant for driving on a suspended license and other traffic offences.