A 24-year-old Logan man who pleaded guilty to dramatically reduced sexual assault charges will spend one year in the Cache County Jail.
Derrek Sampson, 24, was charged on June 5, 2018, with first-degree felonies rape and forcible sodomy, as well as forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. In March, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. The forcible sexual abuse charge was dismissed.
His attorney, Jeanie Campbell, said Sampson pleaded guilty to charges that more closely represent what happened with the victim.
According to the investigating officer, Sampson invited several people to his home for a party, including a young woman he met on Tinder a few weeks prior. By midnight, most of those people had reportedly gone to bed or gone home and Sampson engaged in consensual sexual activity with the female.
However, she told police, he crossed boundaries she was not comfortable with, causing her physical pain and injury, so she repeatedly asked him to stop amid tears and efforts to push him off of her.
Sampson, who admitted to being under the influence, later told police that he must have had more to drink than he remembered because he had gaps in his memory and did not remember everything that occurred that night.
The victim was present in the courtroom at sentencing, and when she was given an opportunity to address the judge, she told him wasn’t just sexual battery, it was rape, and Sampson acted with complete disregard for her feelings.
She shared, in great detail, all of the struggles in her life since the night at Sampson’s home, all while Judge Willmore listened intently. She concluded with a request for Sampson to spend at least one year in jail because it has been one year since she was sexually assaulted and her trials are not over.
Prosecutor Jake Gordon said that was a reasonable request and if he thought Sampson would actually spend more than a year in prison, he would have preferred a prison sentence.
“I think it is clear what the devastation has been is in this case by what kind of life the victim has lived, but we can’t give her back the stability she had — that is the real tragedy,” Gordon said.
Sampson was sentenced to zero to five years in prison for aggravated assault, which was stayed, and one year in the Cache County Jail for sexual battery. He will be allowed work release after serving 30 days.