LOGAN — The trial for a 56-year-old Millville man, accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls, has been postponed so the defense can hire an expert witness.
A five-day jury trial was originally scheduled to begin in February for Dean Ferguson, who faces seven charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony and lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.
During a status hearing, Wednesday afternoon in 1st District Court; defense attorney Wayne Campbell said Ferguson wants to bring in an expert witness to testify during the trial. He asked the judge for more time so Ferguson could up with the $5,000 fee, to pay for the witness.
State attorney Barbara Lachmar objected, noting the length of time Ferguson has already been given to prepare for trial. She also said the victims and their families were growing inpatient and want to see the case resolved.
Judge Brandon Maynard granted the defense their request saying there appeared to be good reason. He set a new trial date for May 5.
Ferguson was originally arrested May 19 after sheriff’s investigators were notified of the abuse allegations and interviewed the victims. He was later released from the Cache County Jail after posting a $25,000 bond.
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