LOGAN — A 24-year-old North Logan man has been sentenced to prison after molesting a 17-year-old girl earlier this year. Domnic Harris showed little emotion as he was escorted out of the courtroom by bailiffs to begin his sentence of 1-15-years.
Harris appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
According to an arrest report, North Park Police said that Harris communicated with the 17-year-old girl in February through Snapchat. About a week later they agreed to meet in person.
The girl said she went to Harris’s home and was offered wine, which she refused. Another woman was invited to join them at the residence, and later the three began engaging in sexual activity.
The girl later told investigators that she woke up the next morning naked and hurting.
When detectives interviewed Harris, he admitted to going too far. He also acknowledged that he did not stop when the victim asked him to do so.
During Monday’s court appearance, public defender Mike McGinnis blamed Harris’ actions on addictions to drugs and alcohol, and possible mental health issues. He said his client wanted to make changes in his life.
Cache County deputy attorney Dane Murray noted that Harris had failed to change his life before when given the chance while on probation.
Judge Thomas Willmore agreed with the prosecution and gave Harris the maximum sentence. He allowed the defendant credit for 101 days he had already served in jail.
Judge Willmore told Harris, “When you don’t do anything to help yourself this is what happens.” He also noted how the victim was traumatized from the assault and ordered that the defendant have no contact with her or her family.