North Logan man deemed incompetent to stand trial

Shawn Michael Hard, 37, charged with forcible sexual abuse and sex abuse of a child, both second-degree felonies. He was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

LOGAN — A 37-year-old North Logan man, accused of sexually assaulting a woman and a child, has been diagnosed as mentally incompetent to stand trial and will be transferred to the state mental hospital for treatment.

Shawn Michael Hard appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He is charged with forcible sexual abuse and sex abuse of a child, both second-degree felonies. He was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Hard was arrested in August after allegedly fondling a woman at her Logan apartment. Later, additional charges were filed that he inappropriately touched a young girl while at a city park in June.

During Monday’s court appearance, defense attorney Bryan Galloway said Hard had three mental competency evaluations during the past several months. Two determined he was incompetent to stand trial.

State attorney Spencer Walsh said he had seen the evaluations. He told the court he was going to recommend Hard be transferred to the Utah State Hospital where they will try to restore his competency.

Hard has been held in the Cache County Jail on $100,000 bail since his August arrest.

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