Logan man pleads guilty to raping 14-year-old girl

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A 20-year-old Logan man, who was one of three people accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, has pleaded guilty.

Jesus Diaz-Orozco appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to rape, a first-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped the ten remaining charges against him.

Orozco and 24-year-old Lemuel A. Del Valle-Morales were arrested in October 2017. They were accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl in June. Orozco then raped her again in July. Both men reportedly knew the victim prior to the assaults.

The third defendant, 19-year-old Smithfield woman Eva M. Flores, allegedly encouraged the victim to have sex with the defendants.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Orozco spoke through an interpreter, telling the court he understood the conditions of the plea deal. He also said he knew the maximum penalty for the charge was five-years-to-life in prison.

Orozco remains in jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 27.

Court records show, Flores appeared in court in December. Her public defender and prosecutors are also working on a possible plea deal. She is scheduled to appear again in court February 20.

Morales also appeared in court in December and continued to claim his innocence. He has agreed to a paternity test, to determine if a child the victim is pregnant with, was fathered by him. Since the test won’t be performed until after the child is born this spring, he isn’t scheduled to appear again in court until March 27.

Morales and Flores are currently out of jail, after both posted bail shortly after being arrested in October.

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