LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has admitted to sexually assaulting a teenage girl during a hotel-party, in the summer of 2017. Juan L. Valdovinos-Sanchez accepted a plea deal and will now await to be sentenced.
Valdovinos-Sanchez appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful sex with a minor, a third-degree felony. As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped two remaining charges.
The 14-year-old girl told deputies she was given methamphetamine and alcohol by several adult men at the hotel, during the August party. She described blacking out and later being told by her friends, the suspect was with her locked in the bathroom and had sex with her.
Valdovinos-Sanchez had told detectives, he didn’t know the alleged victim was a minor. He claimed when he realized that, he stopped what he was doing.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon told the court, he and defense attorney Wayne Caldwell were in agreement on the plea deal. He explained that the victim is now in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services, and can’t be contacted to discuss the resolution.
Valdovinos-Sanchez spoke only briefly. He told the court he understood the details of the plea deal and was willing to give up his rights.
Judge Brian Cannell scheduled sentencing for March 12.
Valdovinos-Sanchez remains out of jail after posting $26,950 bail. He could face up to five-years in prison.