LOGAN — An 18-year-old woman who is attending the Logan River Academy was arrested last week, suspected of molesting a younger student. Rachael Manard was booked into the Cache County Jail Friday.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers began investigating, after a 15-year-old girl at the academy claimed Manard touched her inappropriately multiple times. The victim said her breasts and genitals were grabbed, sometimes several times a day.
Manard appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She is charged with five counts of forcible sexual abuse, all second-degree felonies.
Defense attorney David Perry asked the court to release Manard while the case progresses. He explained that he had spoken to the school’s administrators. They had agreed to take the suspect back and place her under 24-hour surveillance, so she could continue to receive treatment.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon said he was okay with Manard being released from jail, as long as it was back to the school.
Judge Brian Cannell ordered Manard to be released into the custody of school administrators. He also ordered her to appear again in court February 19.
The Logan River Academy is a residential treatment center at 1683 US-89/91. The facility has a capacity of around eighty patients who generally stay at the program year-round.