Smithfield man accused of sexually abusing ex-girlfriend arrested on new charges

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

LOGAN — A 22-year-old Smithfield man who is already facing charges of abusing a woman has been arrested again on new charges. Raymond A. Castaneda was booked Saturday into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of violently raping a woman earlier this year.

Castaneda was arraigned in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, appearing by video from jail. He was charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping and forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies; and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

According to a Smithfield City police report, the victim claimed she met Castaneda on a dating app in June. In the weeks that followed, the woman claimed she was abused by the suspect, which culminated in being forcibly sodomized and choked to the point she momentarily lost consciousness.

Officers interviewed Castaneda earlier this month about the allegations. He originally claimed that there was no violence during his relationship with the woman. He later altered his story but insisted that they had a consensual relationship.

During Monday’s arraignment, defense attorney Wayne Caldwell asked for Castaneda to be granted bail again. He explained that both sex assault cases allegedly occurred around the same time, before his client was previously allowed to be released.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Griffin Hazard objected. He said there were now multiple alleged victims, claiming they were treated similarly by the suspect. He asked the court to hold the defendant without bail because he was a threat to the community.

Judge Angela Fonnesbeck agreed with prosecutors and said Castaneda appeared to be a danger to the community. She ordered that he be held without bail and appear again in court November 4.
Castaneda was originally arrested after police officers were called to investigate an alleged sexual assault, June 15. 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. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Court records show, Castaneda previously was convicted of disorderly conduct, in two separate incidents. He also pleaded guilty to retail theft.

Castaneda will appear again in court November 4. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.


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