Testimony begins in trial for man accused of sodomy

Michael L. Watts, 51, arrested and charged with five counts of sodomy, all first-degree felonies.

LOGAN — The trial for a 51-year-old North Logan man accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2008, began Monday morning with lawyers making opening statements and the victim taking the witness stand.

Michael L. Watts appeared in 1st District Court. He’s charged with five counts of sodomy, all first-degree felonies.

During opening statements, state attorney Barbara Lachmar told jurors Watts enticed and seduced the then 14-year-old victim to perform sexual favors on him, describing him as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Defense attorney Scott Williams said police failed to properly investigate the case and instead accepted the victim’s allegations factually. He told jurors the case tests the bedrock principles of the justice system.

During the afternoon, the victim took the witness stand. He told the court he first met Watts at a relative’s home near Idaho Falls, Idaho. He described how Watts molested him on multiple occasions and later coerced him to have oral sex with him. The abuse reportedly occurred five different times at the victim’s homes in Smithfield.

Later, state attorney Spencer Walsh showed multiple text messages and played several recorded conversations between Watts and the victim, describing their sexual encounters.

The case is expected to continue through March 4.

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