Competency evaluation ordered for Lewiston man suspected of sex abuse of a child

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A mental evaluation has been ordered for Christopher R. Vandam, to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. The 20-year-old Lewiston man is charged with forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Vandam appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. His attorney told the court, a competency evaluation had been ordered because of his client’s behavior in court and at the jail.

Two-weeks ago, Vandam became disorderly with court bailiffs just before he was scheduled to appear for a hearing. A judge ordered the suspect to be kept in a holding cell and transferred back to jail because of the uncooperative behavior.

Cache County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Vandam in February on suspicion of sodomy on a child, sex abuse of a child, sexual battery and bestiality. Investigators claimed at least five victims were abuse, ranging in age from four-to-13-years-old. The abuse allegedly occurred in August 2017 and was ongoing for several years.

Vandam remains in the jail, on $25,000 bail. He faces up to 15-years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to appear again in court April 3.

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