LOGAN — A 32-year-old Logan man has confessed to sexually abusing a young girl several years ago. Shi-Yee N. Lee-Ngiateng accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison.
Lee appeared Monday afternoon in 1st District Court for a change of plea hearing. He pleaded guilty to sodomy on a child, object rape of a child, and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
Defense attorney Michael McGinnis said as part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend Lee serve 15 years in prison. Seven remaining charges were also dismissed.
According to prosecutors, the victim contacted the North Park Police Department, explaining how Lee, a family acquaintance, molested and sexually assaulted her multiple times when she was younger. The crimes took place around 2016, when the defendant was living in the victim’s home and would have been approximately 25-years-old.
The victim’s parents confronted Lee during a phone call after their daughter disclosed to them about the abuse. During the conversation, he reportedly admitted to raping the girl, “to teach her a lesson.” He blamed her for cuddling with him and activating his urges. He also explained that he showed the girl about sex so she would no longer want to learn about it, police reported.
Lee has been in the Cache County Jail, held without bail, since being arrested Jan. 26, 2022. He spoke only briefly during Monday’s hearing, telling the court he wished to waive his right to a fair trial and plead “guilty” to the charges.
Judge Angela Fonnesbeck accepted the plea deal and scheduled sentencing for March 13.