Richmond man accused of sexually abusing two girls waives preliminary hearing

LOGAN — A 38-year-old Richmond man accused of sexually abusing two girls has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and may accept a plea deal.

Dustin James Mangum appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday morning. His defense attorney told the court they wished to waive the hearing, while considering a plea agreement that was offered by prosecutors. The specifics of the agreement were not disclosed.

State attorneys allege that Mangum sexually abused a girl in May 2003. The victim, who is a teenager now, claims the abuse occurred when she was around four-years-old. A second victim is an 11-year-old girl who claims she was sexually abused over the course of several years, before the defendant was arrested August 19.

Prosecutors have filed 25 charges against him, including 10 counts of sodomy of a child and 15 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Each charge carries a penalty of five-years-to-life in prison.

Mangum remains in the Cache County Jail, being held without bail. He is scheduled to appear again in court December 12 and may plead guilty then.

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