Logan man accused of raping young girls expected to plead guilty

LOGAN — A 22-year-old Logan man is expected to plead guilty to raping several young girls over the past few years. Trisden Smith is being held in the Cache County Jail since being arrested in January.

Smith appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously was charged with 21 first-degree felonies, including one count of rape of a child, nine counts of sodomy on a child, and eleven counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Public defender Shannon Demler said prosecutors had made them a plea offer that they are likely going to accept. He asked the court for a couple weeks to meet with Smith and work out the details of the agreement. Specifics about the offer were not disclosed.

Cache County Sheriff’s investigators learned about the allegations after the 11-year-old alleged victim told her mother about being raped. The crimes had reportedly been taking place over several years.

Investigators believe there were other girls who were sexually abused by Smith, possibly five. All of them were reportedly acquaintances.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Brian Cannell granted the defense more time to work out the possible resolution. He ordered Smith to appear again March 12.

Smith remains in the Cache County Jail on $200,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison.


will@cvradio.com

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