LOGAN — A 37-year-old Logan man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl has pleaded “not guilty.” Alexander C. Perkins was arrested in June and later released from jail on $40,000 bail.
Perkins participated in a virtual court hearing in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon, appearing by web conference with his attorney. He was previously charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Defense attorney Shannon Demler said Perkins wished to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would have presented their evidence in the case, and a judge would have determined whether or not to bind the suspect over for trial. He also explained that Perkins had undergone a psycho-sexual evaluation as they attempt to work out a plea agreement.
In June, Smithfield City police officers were called to investigate the sexual assault after the alleged victim told her parents about what happened. She claimed to being sexually abused by Perkins, who was a family acquaintance.
During Tuesday’s court hearing, Judge Patrick Corum, who is temporarily filling a vacant seat on the bench, ordered Perkins to appear again in court Nov. 30.
Perkins remains out of jail on bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.