A 32-year-old Logan man pleaded guilty but mentally ill Tuesday in a 2017 sexual assault case.

Paul Doucette was charged in 1st District Court with forcible sodomy and rape, both first-degree felonies. The rape charge was dismissed with his guilty plea on the sodomy charge.

During a preliminary hearing last year, the victim testified that she had gone to a friend’s home in October 2017 where several people, including Doucette, were hanging out. She described how he allegedly became fixated on her that night and was highly emotional over a prior traumatic incident.

As the night wore on, she said Doucette became more and more agitated so she and a female friend took him to another part of the home and encouraged him to lie down and sleep.

She said he asked her to lie down with him, and she did so in an effort to calm him, she said.

That is when Doucette tried to have sex with her, and when she refused, she was sexually assaulted, she said.

Doucette, who has a history of mental health problems, will undergo a mental evaluation in early July in advance of his July 30 sentencing hearing.

While the mental evaluation will provide valuable information to the court and may open Doucette to more options at sentencing, it does not bind the judge to a particular course of action at sentencing.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.