Trial scheduled for Providence man charged with raping woman at his home

Booking photo for Richard R. Cornell (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

LOGAN — The rape case involving a 72-year-old Providence man is headed to trial after attorneys previously said they could not work out a plea agreement. Richard R. Cornell is in the Cache County Jail, since being arrested in March.

Court records show, Cornell was in 1st District Court for a pre-trial conference Monday morning, appearing by video from jail. He was previously charged with object rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies; attempted forcible sodomy, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, all second-degree felonies.

Judge Brian Cannell set the three day jury trial to begin Oct. 14. He ordered Cornell to appear again in court Sept. 14.
On March 2, deputies were called after the alleged victim went to CAPSA for help. She described how she had been raped by Cornell, who was an acquaintance.

The woman called Cornell from the sheriff’s office, so deputies could record the conversation. The suspect apologized to her and said it never should have happened. He then allegedly stated that he had prayed about it, and she should go home, “take a shower, and forget it ever happened.”

Deputies responded to the home where the alleged assault took place. They were able to collect several pieces of physical evidence.

Investigators also questioned Cornell, who previously worked in law enforcement, military police and federal court security. He refused to cooperate without his lawyer.

Deputies noted that Cornell was still wearing the same clothes the victim described him having on when the rape occurred. They also filed for a warrant to collect his DNA.

Cornell remains in jail on $50,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.


will@cvradio.com

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