Mantua man arrested on suspicion of molesting young girl while babysitting

Booking photo of Ira M. Mathison (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — Police have arrested a 43-year-old Mantua man suspected of sexually abusing a child, while babysitting the young girl at his home.  Ira Mathison was booked into the Cache County Jail Tuesday afternoon.  He is being held on $40,000 bail.

Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers began investigating Mathison after the victim, who is under 10-years-old, reported being molested.  The abuse allegedly occurred over a year ago, while the suspect was babysitting the girl at a trailer park in the southwest part of Logan.

State attorneys have filed two charges against Mathison of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Hooley said officers interviews Mathison after his arrest.  He is cooperating with the investigation.

Mathison is expected to be arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon.

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