A North Logan man is scheduled for sentencing in early October after he pleaded guilty this week to enticing a minor, sexual battery and a felony DUI.

According to Cache County prosecutor Dane Murray, 38-year-old Jeremiah Abel was charged in three separate cases. He pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to two female minors in December. One of those messages also included a pornographic image.

He pleaded guilty to enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony.

In July, while the original charges were pending, Abel touched the buttocks of an individual and was charged with sexual battery, a second-degree felony that was later reduced to a class A misdemeanor with his guilty plea in court this week.

The plea deal includes a guilty plea to driving under the influence in March. Murray said Abel was involved in an auto accident, and while police suspected impairment at the time, he refused a field sobriety test. Murray said police instead obtained a warrant for a blood draw and discovered his blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit.

Abel has a prior felony DUI conviction, so this DUI was also charged as a third-degree felony.

Abel is currently undergoing inpatient treatment, and while he entered treatment voluntarily, Judge Thomas Willmore has ordered him to remain there until he has completed the program.

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

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