Preliminary hearing set for former Hyrum man accused of sexually abusing child

Booking photo for Craig Braito (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A judge has set a court hearing for next month, to determine whether or not a 43-year-old former Hyrum man is bound over on charges of sexually abusing a child. Craig Braito was originally transferred from the Uintah County Jail and arraigned in December 2019.

Braito participated in a virtual hearing in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon, appearing by web conference from the Uintah County Jail. He was previously charged with rape of a child and sodomy of a child, both first-degree felonies.

Public defender Mike McGinnis asked for the preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present their evidence in the case. He explained Braito is currently facing similar cases in Vernal.

Court records show the crimes allegedly occurred in 2011, while Braito was living in Hyrum. He was previously convicted of illegal drugs and weapon possession charges.

Braito has also been charged with nine similar allegations in the 8th District Court in Vernal. He has yet to enter a plea to any of the charges.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Angela Fonnesbeck scheduled the preliminary hearing for Feb. 16.

Braito is being held in jail without bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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1 Comment

  • Aaron January 26, 2021 at 1:38 am Reply

    I pray he gets life WITHOUT parole. He’s a repeat offender, can’t nor will ever be “rehabilitated”. He deserves to Rot till he’s old and takes his last breath behind bars for what he did to my niece, nephew and god knows who else he took their childhood from.

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