Trial begins for Providence doctor accused of sexually abusing child

Booking photo for Brevan B. Baugh (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — The jury trial for a Providence doctor, accused of sexually assaulting a child, began Tuesday morning in 1st District Court. Brevan B. Baugh is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

The jury of six women and four men first heard testimony from the alleged victim, describing how Baugh made her touch him inappropriately on several occasions. She cried as she told the court, she knew what she was doing was wrong but didn’t know what to do.

The girl later described how Baugh apologized to her years later, telling her that what he had done was wrong and he was trying to be forgiven.

The alleged crimes occurred in 2012 and 2014. The girl was between 8-12-years-old at the time.

Later, prosecutors played a phone call that was secretly recorded between the victim and Baugh. On it, the defendant is heard denying that the girl ever touched him. He also admitted to having no recollection of the abuse.

As the phone call continued though, Baugh said he was pretty messed up at the time of the alleged crimes, and was smoking a lot of marijuana. “If you say I did it, I must have done it,” you can hear him tell the girl.

Jurors also heard from prosecutor’s lead detective in the case, Denny Bird from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. He described how he began investigating the case after the victim disclosed the abuse to a therapist. He also played a video of him interrogating Baugh at the sheriff’s office. Throughout the video, the defendant denies ever forcing the girl to touch him inappropriately.

Earlier during opening statements, defense attorney Greg Skordas claimed the victim made up the allegations. He asked the jurors to carefully weigh the evidence, and not form a decision until after Baugh has a chance to take the witness stand and defend himself.

Baugh is a naturopathic physician and owner of Naturopathic Medical in Providence. He is currently out of jail after posting $40,000 and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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