LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during a hotel-party. Juan L. Valdovinos-Sanchez was ordered to serve 120-days in jail but was given credit for the 17-days he previously served.
Valdovinos-Sanchez appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful sex with a minor, a third-degree felony.
In August 2017, the victim told deputies how she was given methamphetamine and alcohol by several adult men at the hotel, during the party. She described blacking out and later being told by her friends, the defendant was with her locked in a bathroom and had sex with her.
Valdovinos-Sanchez told detectives, he didn’t know the victim was a minor. He claimed when he realized that, he stopped what he was doing.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, defense attorney Wayne Caldwell explained that his client was involved with alcohol and drugs at the time of the crime. He said, since then the defendant has matured and won’t be in front of the court again.
Valdovinos-Sanchez spoke to the court through an interpreter, asking for leniency. He said he wanted to be able to support his wife and children.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon said the defendant had already been shown enough mercy. He explained that the case originally involved a charge of rape. It was reduced in a plea deal because of evidentiary issues and the victim moving out of the area.
Judge Brian Cannell said he recognized that this was a serious crime. He called Valdovinos-Sanchez’s actions selfish. He explained that the stealing of another person’s virtue was the worst kind of theft possible.
In addition to serving four-months in jail, Valdovinos-Sanchez was ordered to have no contact with the victim or other minors. He will also have to complete conciling and be registered as a sex-offender.