LOGAN — A 43-year-old Logan man suspected of downloading hundreds of videos and pictures of children being sexually abused, is waiting to decide whether he wants to have a preliminary hearing. Daniel G. Archibald was arrested in July and later released on bail.
Archibald appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He was previously charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and five misdemeanors of distribution of an intimate image.
Archibald’s defense attorney told the court that prosecutors had provided additional evidence in the case that they were still reviewing. He asked for more time to determine whether they wanted to have the preliminary hearing, where a judge would determine if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind the suspect over for trial.
Judge Willmore granted the additional time. He ordered Archibald to appear again in court November 18.
Police allege that in June, officers received a tip from agents with the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) at the State Attorney General’s Office. Archibald had been tracked, downloading more than one hundred pictures and videos of child pornography.
When police served a warrant to Archibald’s residence they located the material on multiple electronic devices. Those items were seized and sent to the Utah State Crime Lab for forensic analysis.
Officers believe Archibald downloaded the material off the internet. It doesn’t appear initially that any of the victims filmed were from the local area.
Archibald remains out of jail on $100,000 bond. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.