LOGAN — A judge has agreed to release Josue N. Martinez-Argueta from jail on his own recognizance while the criminal case against him proceeds. Judge Kevin Allen ordered the 18-year-old Logan man be placed on pre-trial supervision with probation officers. He also ordered him to have no internet access or contact – directly or indirectly – with the alleged victim.
Martinez-Argueta appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He’s been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
Defense attorney Bryan Galloway told the court, he and the prosecutor had agreed to ask for the suspect’s release, while they decide whether they want to have a preliminary hearing held.
Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Martinez-Argueta after a 16-year-old girl claimed she was raped by the suspect at his home. The assault allegedly occurred on January 1.
After a search warrant was approved, deputies found 20 sexually explicit and nude photos of the victim on Martinez-Argueta’s phone. He admitted that he had received the pictures from the victim by SnapChat and knew she was underage. He also admitted to deputies that he had consensual sex with the victim, but denied raping or sexually assaulting her in any way.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Allen ordered Martinez-Argueta to check in regularly with probation officers and appear again in court March 19. He also threatened to place the suspect in jail again if he makes any attempt to contact the girl.
Martinez-Argueta was being held on $100,000 bail before being released. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.