LOGAN — A 62-year-old Logan man accused of molesting two teenage girls has been arraigned on 20 criminal charges. Lee E. Poorte was arrested in September and later released from jail after posting $20,000 bail.
Poorte made his initial appearance in 1st District Court Wednesday morning, appearing by web conference with his attorney during a virtual hearing. He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
In September, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a 13-year-old girl claiming to have been inappropriately touched by Poorte multiple times. The alleged victim reported the touching had occurred both over and under her clothing during the past couple years.
The alleged victim was interviewed at the Children’s Justice Center.
The girl also showed investigators a text message she said Poorte had sent to her earlier in the week. In it, he apologized for touching and betraying her trust.
Investigators later spoke to a second female who is now 18-years-old. She also reported being groped and molested by Poorte hundreds of times when she was younger.
The second alleged victim also received a similar text message recently from Poorte. He apologized and blamed his actions on his “own insecurities.”
Deputies contacted Poorte at his residence and took him into custody for questioning. He allegedly admitted to touching both girls for his “own gratification.”
During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Brian Cannell expressed concern that Poorte had been allowed bail despite the number of charges. He ordered the suspect to be placed on pretrial supervision, wear an ankle monitor and have no contact with minors.
Poorte was ordered to appear again in court Dec. 10. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.