LOGAN — A jury has found Providence doctor Brevan B. Baugh guilty of sexually abusing a child more than five years ago. The 42-year-old showed little emotion as he handed his cellphone and other valuables to his parents, before deputies escorted him out of the 1st District Court room and took him into custody.
The jury of four women and four men reached their verdict just before midnight, after deliberating for more than eight hours. They each told Judge Angela Fonnesbeck that they found Baugh not guilty of one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child but guilty of the second count, both charges being first-degree felonies.
Outside the courtroom, Cache County Deputy Attorney Jacob Gordon said prosecutors were happy with the jury’s conviction of Baugh on one of the charges.
“We accept the jury’s verdict,” Gordon said. “It looks like they were very careful in their deliberations. They took a long time to deliberate and I assume go over the evidence, and so we accept the verdict as it is. We’re pleased with the outcome.”
The jury’s decision came after two days of testimony. It included the now teenage victim, tearfully describing how Baugh made her touch him inappropriately on several occasions. The crime occurred when she was between 9 or 10-years-old but wasn’t reported to law enforcement until 2018.
Gordon praised the victim for her courage, originally telling a therapist what had happened and then going through the lengthy trial process.
“Any victim that goes this far in the process has been through a lot. She has shown a lot of resilience, a lot of strength and I am very proud of her.”
Baugh took the witness stand on Wednesday morning. He denied that he ever abused the girl. His attorney, Greg Skordas, told the jury that the victim made up the crimes to setup the defendant.
Gordon though argued that Baugh was lying and continued to change his story, noting what the defendant told the victim during a prerecorded phone call. On it you could hear Baugh tell the girl, “If you say I did it, I must have done it.”
After reading the verdict, Judge Angela Fonnesbeck praised the jury, saying they represented the backbone of how the judicial system works. She also ordered Baugh to undergo a presentence evaluation, in preparation for sentencing on January 13.
Outside, Gordon said he hadn’t decided yet on the length of prison time prosecutors will ask for at the sentencing hearing.
“I do have something in mind but we are going to look at the presentence investigation and weigh the feelings of the victim, and go from there.”
Baugh will remain in the Cache County Jail until he is sentenced. He could face between six-years-to-life in prison.
The victim was an acquaintance and not associated with Baugh’s doctors office, Naturopathic Medical.