LOGAN — A judge has refused to lower bail for a 28-year-old Logan man accused of groping a woman earlier this year. Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Aaron Piper to remain in the Cache County Jail on $10,000 bail. He also told the suspect to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Piper appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He has been charged with one count of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony.
According to court records, Piper has been charged multiple times with violating a protective order against the same woman and possessing a firearm.
Police report the alleged victim called officers in January, reporting that she was sexually assaulted on January 4. She claimed that while sitting inside a parked car with Piper, he began to put his hands inside her shirt and down her pants, while saying he wanted to have sex with her.
The woman claimed she told Piper “no” multiple times and pulled his hands off of her. The assault continued until a child walked out of a nearby home and called to the suspect.
Piper told officers that he and the woman “made out” and things started to go too far. He claimed that he “blacked out” and couldn’t remember exactly how things happened.
Public defender Mike McGinnis asked for the lower bail, telling the court that his client is not a flight risk and has family in the valley.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon objected, noting that Piper was already on probation when the alleged sexual assault occurred.