Judge grants bail for Smithfield man accused of sexually abusing ex-girlfriend

Booking photo for Raymond Castaneda (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A judge has agreed to allow bail for a 22-year-old Smithfield man, accused of abusing a woman in June.  Raymond A. Castaneda is scheduled to go to trial in October and has already pleaded not guilty.

Castaneda appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning.  He was previously charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell told the court he was filing a motion to suppress Castaneda’s comments, made to officers at the time of his arrest.  He said they were planning for the three-day jury trial and asked again if his client could be released on bail.

Caldwell explained that the alleged victim had moved out of the area.  He said that Castaneda would continue to follow a previous order, not to contact her or her family.

Cache County Chief Deputy Attorney Spencer Walsh said he was okay with the suspect being released on bail as long as he doesn’t leave the county.

Judge Thomas Willmore granted the request.  He set bail at $40,000.

According to police reports, an officer was called to investigate an alleged sexual assault, June 14.  The woman reported to have been strangled and slapped by the suspect, her ex-boyfriend, while in his car.  She had markings on her neck and other parts of her body.  She claimed that she told Castaneda to get off her and to stop but he refused.  He also restrained her and forced her to stay, when she tried to get away.

Caldwell has said that Castaneda and the woman had a consensual sexual relationship.  He claims there are hundreds of text messages between them to prove it.

Court records show, Castaneda previously was convicted of disorderly conduct, in two separate incidents and retail theft.  He could face up to life in prison if convicted.


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