LOGAN — A 56-year-old Logan man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young child and will now await sentencing.
Dean McEwen appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning, accepting a plea agreement that will keep him from going to trial. Under the conditions, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Police arrested McEwen in March on suspicion of aggravated sex abuse of a child. They reported that the defendant allegedly touched a small child under the age of 10. The victim was reportedly an acquaintance of the defendant.
During Tuesday’s hearing, state attorney Jacob Gordon told the court the assault took place while McEwen was at home. According to reports, he was allegedly in a bed, naked from the waist down, and encouraged the victim to touch him inappropriately.
Investigators had alleged the incident was deliberately sexual in nature and not accidental.
McEwen spoke only briefly Tuesday, telling the court he understood that he was giving up his rights to a fair trial by pleading guilty.
Judge Brian Cannell told McEwen the charge could carry a sentence of three-years-to-life in prison. He scheduled sentencing for May 9 and ordered the defendant to undergo a presentence report in the meantime.
McEwen remains in the Cache County Jail, being held on $100,000 bail.
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