Mendon man placed on probation in teenage abuse case

LOGAN — A 42-year-old Mendon man will not serve anymore jail time, after pleading no contest to child abuse last summer. Instead, Ray Lemon was sentenced to one-year of probation and ordered to complete anger management therapy.

Court records show, Lemon appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday. In July he accepted a plea deal, pleading to one count of child abuse, amended to a class B misdemeanor.

In October 2016, police responded to a Logan storage unit after a woman called to report that her teenage daughter was being assaulted. They found Lemon and two teenagers, a girl and boy. As the officer interviewed the juveniles, they admitted that the defendant had struck the girl. She also had signs of abuse on her body. Lemon was arrested in November. He was released three-days later after posting a $5,000 bail.

During Tuesday’s sentencing, Judge Brian Cannell ordered Lemon to write a letter of apology to the victim. He also sentenced him to pay a $543 fine. He said he would allow the defendant to perform community service in exchange of the fine, at a credit of $10 per hour.

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