LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a 38-year-old Logan man arrested on suspicion of molesting a teenage girl last spring. Omar S. Escobar was booked into the Cache County Jail in August after turning himself into law enforcement.
Escobar appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He has been charged with five counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
According to prosecutors, Escobar self reported the alleged crimes to Logan City police officers just before being booked into jail. The suspect told officers that he had molested the girl on multiple occasions.
Officers later interviewed the alleged victim, who was an acquaintance of Escobar. She provided additional details about the sexual abuse.
Prosecutors believe Escobar turned himself into police after the victim’s family learned about the crimes and threatened to report it.
During Monday’s court appearance, defense attorney Darwin Overson asked for the preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present their evidence and a judge will determine if Escobar will be bound over for trial. The hearing was scheduled for February 18.
Escobar is currently out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.