Trial begins for Logan man accused of raping a child

Cody C. Smith, 39, in 1st District Court, March 18, 2014.

LOGAN — The trial for a 40-year-old man facing charges including rape of a child, began Monday morning in 1st District Court.

Cody C. Smith is accused of encouraging a teenage girl and her boyfriend to engage in sex, while in his home. The girl also testified during a preliminary hearing that Smith fondled her multiple times.

Smith faces 14 charges including nine counts of rape of a child and object rape, all first-degree felonies, forcible sex abuse and criminal solicitation, both second-felonies, and three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, all class B misdemeanors.

Smith was arrested March 11 by officers with the Utah State University Police Department. They are investigating the case because Smith had worked for both the Logan City Police Department and the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.

A previous five-day trial was postponed in June after Smith fired his public defender and hired a new defense lawyer.

Smith was released from the Cache County Jail in May after posting an $80,000 bail.

The trial is expected to continue through Friday.

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