LOGAN — A 34-year-old North Logan man avoided a prison sentence for sexually abusing a mentally handicapped woman, after he told the court he felt really bad for what he did. David Sagoe said he took full responsibility for his actions, knowing that he messed up.
Sagoe appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and one count of attempted forcible sexual abuse, amended to a third-degree felony.
Judge Kevin Allen told Sagoe the only reason he was not sending him to prison was because the defendant was taking responsibility for what he did. He expressed anger about some of the letters he had received, claiming that the victim instigated the sexual behavior.
Judge Allen, who oversees the Mental Health Court, said, “There is never, ever a way someone who has the capacity of a six-year-old can ever consent. To think otherwise is disgusting, offensive, and wrong.” He sentenced him to 210-days in jail and gave him credit for the 69-days he has already served.
In March, Sagoe was supposed to be caring for the victim who has a mental disability. During that time, the defendant removed her clothes and molested and sexually assaulted her. Later, he turned himself into police.
When officers interviewed Sagoe, he confessed to doing things that he knew were wrong and expressed remorse. He also confessed that similar incidents had happened five-to-six times during the past month.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, public defender Bryan Galloway said his client showed bad judgement and put himself in a horrible situation.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Jacob Gordon said Sagoe’s behavior was unacceptable, and he alone was responsible for what he did.