David Earl Sagoe

David Earl Sagoe

A North Logan man narrowly missed a prison sentence Tuesday as the perpetrator of a sexual assault against an adult woman with mental disabilities.

David Earl Sagoe, 34, was arrested in March. In April, he pleaded guilty to forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony.

When he appeared in 1st District Court for sentencing on Tuesday, he submitted a letter to Judge Kevin Allen taking full responsibility for his actions.

Allen said he was deeply appreciative of Sagoe’s letter in light of statements made by other people closely related to the case who reportedly said they were tired of dealing with her, she was difficult, and she sought out the sexual contact.

“There is never, ever, under any condition whatsoever, (a situation) where someone with a mental disability shares any responsibility with any sexual activity,” Allen said. “People with mental disabilities are hard, they are hard to manage, they are hard to deal with, but they deserve our care no matter how hard it is.”

The victim, an adult female with the mentality of a six-year-old child, was in Sagoe’s care when he touched her inappropriately several times in a two-week period.

Allen said he had every intention of sending the man to prison until it became apparent that Sagoe was “the only one who seems to truly get it.”

Sagoe was sentenced to 210 days in the Cache County Jail, with credit for 69 days served since his arrest.

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