Logan man sentenced to jail and treatment for attempted rape of 13-year-old girl

Thomas Montes-Robertson booking photo from the Cache County Jail.

LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man has avoided prison for attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl three years ago. Thomas D. Montes-Robertson was ordered instead to complete an in-patient sex-offender treatment program, along with a combination of jail and probation time.

Montes-Robertson was sentenced Monday, Nov. 13, in Logan’s 1st District Court. He previously pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a child, a first-degree felony.

In March 2020, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies received several anonymous tips explaining how Robertson and Brenton S. Nelson were sexually involved with the victim. The tips were submitted through the sheriff’s office website and the Safe UT app.

Deputies interviewed the victim at the Children’s Justice Center. She disclosed that she had engaged in a sexual relationship with Nelson during the past 2 months. She also described a similar incident, occurring once with Robertson.

As the investigation continued, deputies questioned Nelson and Montes-Robertson separately at the sheriff’s office. They reportedly admitted to the accusations and were booked into the Cache County Jail.

During Monday’s sentencing, defense attorney Shannon Demler said his client had eliminated the friends “who were leading him down the wrong road.” He also explained how the defendant had taken responsibility for what he did and was considered to be “low-risk” for re-offending.

Montes-Robertson said he made had made a “super bad decision.”

Demler asked the court to follow the plea deal sentencing recommendation he had worked out with prosecutors. As part of the agreement, he explained how in exchange for a prison term, the defendant’s family had secured a spot in an intensive treatment center.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Joshua Nemeth said the recommendation struck a balance between what Montes-Robertson did and how he is trying to change.

In April 2022, Nelson accepted a similar plea deal, pleading guilty to attempted rape of a child, a first-degree felony. He was later sentenced to serve a term of three years in prison.

During Monday’s sentencing, Judge Angela Fonnesbeck said Montes-Robertson’s case was unique, especially since he was determined to be “low risk” in a psycho-sexual evaluation. She agreed to go along with the recommendation, sentencing the defendant to 90 days in jail before he can be admitted into the treatment center, followed by 10 years probation.

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