Logan man suspected of sexually abusing teen girl found incompetent to stand trial

Roger Willeto booking photo (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 74-year-old Logan man suspected of sexually abusing a teenage girl, has been found incompetent to stand trial.  Roger A. Willeto was arrested in April.

Willeto appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday morning for a competency hearing.  He was previously charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and rape of a child, both first-degree felonies.

Judge Kevin Allen said Willeto had been evaluated by two psychologists.  Both of them had determined that the suspect lacked the mental capacity to proceed through the court process and defend himself.

Judge Allen explained to Willeto that he had met with attorneys from both sides in chambers, discussing how to proceed with the case.  He ordered the defendant to undergo an assessment by the Bear River Health Department, to determine if he will be committed to the Utah State Hospital.

Logan City police officers booked Willeto into the Cache County Jail April 15, after a warrant was issued for his arrest.  According to the indictment, the alleged victim was 14-years-old at the time the assaults took place in 2012.

Judge Allen issued an order for Willeto to undergo the mental health hospital assessment.  He said he would order the suspect to appear again in court when it is completed.

Willeto did not speak during the hearing.  He is currently out of jail on pre-trial supervision.


will@cvradio.com

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