LOGAN — A 33-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to more than six-months in jail for seducing a teenage girl to have sex with him. Rajan P. Hennick was ordered to serve 210 days in jail and be placed on the sex-offender registry.
Hennick was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
In July, police began investigating Hennick after the victim’s mother found a package that was given to her daughter. It contained lingerie and an adult novelty item.
Police obtained a warrant to search the victim’s phone. They found messages between the 17-year-old girl and Hennick discussing the package and her wearing the lingerie. They also located messages between the victim and a co-worker, discussing how the suspect groped and molested her while the two were at a local movie theater.
Shortly after Hennick was released on bail, he began trying to talk to the victim, even though a judge had ordered him to have no contact with her or her family. He was arrested again and held without bail.
During Monday’s sentencing, public defender Shannon Demler said Hennick suffers from low self-esteem and immaturity. He suggested that the court order boundaries counseling instead of incarceration.
Hennick expressed remorse for what he did. He said he had made horrible choices and wasn’t thinking straight.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray said Hennick’s actions have had a horrific impact on the victim and her family. He asked the court to order that the defendant have no contact with anyone under 18-years-old.
Judge Thomas Willmore said it took great courage for the victim to come forward. He ordered Hennick to change his life or face a possible prison sentence.