Competency evaluation ordered for Hyrum man suspected of groping and spying on another man

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

LOGAN — A competency evaluation has been ordered for Braxton W. Egbert. The 18-year-old Hyrum man was arrested last week on suspicion of sexual abuse and other charges.

Egbert appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He has been charged with three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and 11 misdemeanors of voyeurism and sexual battery.

Public defender Ryan Holdaway asked the court for the evaluation, to determine whether Egbert is competent to stand trial. He explained that the test would likely take at least a month and would give them an idea of what direction to take the case.

Judge Brian Cannell granted Holdaway’s request. He ordered Egbert to cooperate with the evaluation and appear again in court November 19.

According to deputies, Egbert allegedly 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.

Egbert remains in jail, being held without bail. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.

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