Logan man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing teen girl

Booking photo for Jacob M. Selby-Brewer (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl in 2017. Judge Thomas Willmore, who had previously granted Jacob M. Selby-Brewer the chance to complete a sex-offender treatment program instead of prison, said he had now run out of options for the defendant.

Selby-Brewer appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He had been sent to Northern Utah Community Correctional Center, an inpatient treatment center.

While there, probation agents found Selby-Brewer had pornographic material on his phone. He also had multiple social media accounts, including Snap Chat and Tinder profiles that he did not disclose on his sex-offender registry.

In June 2017, Selby-Brewer raped a 16-year-old girl. The victim said they were having consensual relations when she began to experience “extreme pain,” and told the defendant to stop. He refused, telling the victim he wasn’t finished. He then pinned her wrists with his hands, and continued to sexually assault her as she told him to stop and leave repeatedly.

Later during a pretext phone call, Selby-Brewer told the victim he felt bad about what happened. He said he acted stupid and wasn’t thinking. He explained that he was extremely drunk at the time of the assault and could not remember what happened.

During Monday’s sentencing, public defender Mike McGinnis asked the court to send Selby-Brewer to jail. He expressed that sending his client to prison will make things worse because of his young age.

Selby-Brewer acknowledged to the court that he took advantage of the of the opportunity for rehabilitation. He blamed his behavior on an addiction to drugs that he has had since he was 12-years-old.

Judge Thomas Willmore told Selby-Brewer, it wasn’t worth putting him in jail and making county tax payers pay for it. He ordered him to serve between one-to-15-years in prison, but gave him credit for 485 days he had already served in jail. It will be up to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, as to how long he is incarcerated.

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