LOGAN — The jury trial for a 45-year-old Logan man accused of sexually abusing a young girl has been postponed. Cody C. Smith is already serving a 10-years-to-life sentence on similar charges.
Smith appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning for a status hearing ahead of next month’s four-day jury trial. He was previously charged with five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Court records show, prosecutors had filed a motion to use the defendant’s criminal history as evidence in their new case. Smith, who is representing himself, told the court he hadn’t responded to the motion and asked for more time.
Judge Thomas Willmore granted Smith a continuance and postponed the trial that was scheduled to begin January 7. He also ordered the defendant to appear again in court January 27 for another status conference.
Smith is alleged to have molested and groped the young girl multiple times, between January 2010 and December 2012. The alleged victim told investigators how the defendant touched her several times while she was bathing. He also allegedly molested her while she was sleeping and watching a movie.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He claims the allegations are false and the girl was “coached” what to tell law enforcement.
Smith was originally arrested in March 2013, accused of encouraging a teenage girl and her boyfriend to engage in sex while in his home. The girl also said Smith molested her on multiple occasions.
During his trial in January 2015, Smith accepted a plea deal, pleading “no contest” to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, where he neither admitted guilt nor disputed the charges. The plea deal kept the victim from testifying against him in exchange for prosecutors recommending a lesser sentence.
Smith was a reserve officer, volunteering with the Logan City Police Department, after graduating from the police academy in the mid-90’s. He volunteered for the Cache County Sheriff’s Office from May 1999 to October 1999. He was hired full-time but terminated shortly after for not meeting department standards.