Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of raping woman in Logan hotel

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for George C. Taggart, a 32-year-old Logan man accused of raping a woman at a local hotel earlier this month.

Records show Taggart appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. His public defender, Shannon Demler, asked the court to schedule the preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if prosecutors have substantial evidence to bind Taggart over for trial.

Police arrested Taggart September 13 after a woman called 911 claiming that she was raped by the defendant after she went by a hotel room he was staying at. The woman said she knew him and agreed to meet for an unrelated matter. Once she arrived, Taggart forced himself on her as she tried to stop him repeatedly.

Taggart was later charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony. He is being held without bail in the Cache County Jail.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Brian Cannell scheduled the preliminary hearing for October 3 and said he would also consider bail at that time.

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