Logan man arrested and charged with Mormon dating app assault

Booking photo for Kaleb M. Barclay (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 22-year-old Logan man has been arraigned on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman he met on a dating app for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Kaleb M. Barclay was arrested last month and later released on bail.

Barclay made his initial appearance in 1st District Court Tuesday morning.  He was charged with one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

According to a Utah State University police report, Barclay and the alleged victim met over the Mutual app, a social media site frequently used by members of the Church.  After meeting up at a fast food restaurant, the alleged victim agreed to go with the suspect to a “lookout spot” on the edge of campus.

The woman told officers that while the two were parked eating dinner, Barclay allegedly began grabbing her breasts and crotch, while forcefully kissing her.  He also took her hands and made her touch him inappropriately.  She stated that even though she asked him to stop, he continued and tried to remove her clothes.

The assault allegedly continued until the victim’s phone started ringing, allowing her time to exit the vehicle.  She later contacted police after returning to her dorm room.

Officers questioned Barclay, who admitted that he “kept going after being asked to stop.”  He also acknowledged to leaving marks on the victim’s chest as part of the assault.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Christian Hansen said he had begun discussing a possible plea deal with prosecutors.  He asked for additional time to negotiate the details.

Judge Brian Cannell said he would allow for more time and ordered Barclay to return to court December 3.  He also ordered the suspect to have no contact with the alleged victim.


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