Hyrum man held in jail without bail on suspicion of groping and spying on another man

Booking photo for Braxton W. Egbert (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — An 18-year-old Hyrum man, who told deputies that he can’t control himself, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse and other charges.  Braxton W. Egbert is being held in the Cache County Jail.

Egbert was arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon, appearing by video from jail.  He has been charged with three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and 11 misdemeanors of voyeurism and sexual battery.

Cache County Chief Deputy Attorney Spencer Walsh asked the court to refuse to grant bail for Egbert’s release.  He explained how the suspect is currently on parole out of the juvenile court system for sexually abusing a child.

According to an affidavit for Egbert’s arrest, deputies allege he spied on a 20-year-old man repeatedly, while inappropriately touching himself.  He would look through a hole in a bedroom door or use a CD as a mirror, to view the victim changing clothes or using the bathroom.  At other times, he would sneak into the man’s bedroom and molest him.

Egbert told deputies, “he cannot control himself sexually, and needs to be either closely supervised or kept away from other people.”  He also described having multiple sexual addictions and problems throughout his life.

During Thursday’s arraignment, Judge Brian Cannell agreed with prosecutors and ordered Egbert to be held behind bars.  He also ordered the suspect to appear again in court October 8.

Egbert could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.


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