LOGAN — A 19-year-old Perry man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teenage girl and then bribing her not to press charges. Braydon M. Brailsford was booked into the Cache County Jail Tuesday afternoon.
According to an arrest report, Smithfield City police officers received a complaint about the sexual activity from the alleged victim’s parents. They claimed, Brailsford had engaged in a sexual relationship with their 14-year-old daughter.
Officers were given the alleged victim’s cell phone. It showed several texts with Brailsford about the relationship. There were also messages from the suspect, asking the girl to tell her parents not to pursue charges because “he was in enough trouble,” the report stated.
Brailsford also sent the alleged victim a message through social media, offering to pay her if she did not report the sexual relationship.
Police contacted Brailsford and questioned him about the allegations. He reportedly admitted to engaging in sex with the girl and bribing her not to contact law enforcement.
According to the report, Brailsford told officers “he didn’t offer her any specific money, just that he would pay her, do her homework or whatever she needed,” in exchange for not telling anyone.
Brailsford participated in a virtual hearing Wednesday afternoon in 1st District Court, appearing by web conference from jail. He was charged with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony; and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Barbara Lachmar asked the court to hold Brailsford in jail without bail. She explained that the suspect was facing similar charges in Box Elder County, involving another 14-year-old girl.
According to court records, Brailsford was charged earlier this month with rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, and object rape, all first-degree felonies; along with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony. The crimes allegedly occurred in September 2020 and were investigated by the Perry City Police Department.
During Wednesday’s arraignment, Judge Brian Cannell ordered Brailsford to be temporarily held without bail. He scheduled a detention hearing for Monday, when attorneys will argue for the suspect to be allowed bail or remain in jail.
Brailsford did not speak while being arraigned. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.