Judge binds Logan man over for trial after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman

Booking photo for Daniel Mingott (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 52-year-old Logan man has been ordered to stand trial on charges of holding a woman against her will and sexually assaulting her.  Daniel Mingott was arrested in September.  He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail.

Mingott appeared in 1st District Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon.  He has been charged with forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and attempted kidnapping, a third-degree felony.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray told the court how in September, Mingott reportedly held the alleged victim in a bathroom while trying to rape her.  The suspect continued to assault the woman until she pushed him out of the room and locked the door.

The victim testified how she and Mingott originally had a mutual relationship.  After several months though, he allegedly became emotionally and physically abusive.  He would steal her medications, frighten her, and tell family members that she was emotionally unstable.

The woman tearfully told the court, she started recording her interactions with Mingott, fearing her own safety.  She claimed he was trying to destroy her.

As part of his evidence, Murray played portions of a video, allegedly recorded during the assault on September 15.  On it, the woman is heard crying, and saying “no” and “stop” repeatedly, as Mingott tells her he can’t stop.

The woman explained to the court how the assault left her with bruises to her arm and thigh.  The wounds were later shown to police officers, who documented them as part of their investigation.

Mingott did not speak during the hearing.  He would occasionally shake his head while the victim was testifying.

Judge Brian Cannell ruled there was sufficient evidence to show the crimes occurred.  He ordered Mingott to remain in jail and return to court October 29.

Mingott, who is originally from Peru, has pleaded not guilty to both charges.  He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.


will@cvradio.com

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