Man arrested on suspicion of 10 felony crimes against Logan girl

Jerry Dean Rice. Photo: Cache County

LOGAN, Utah, Nov. 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A former Logan man has been charged on suspicion of abuse of a child who was 6 at the time, and who told police about the abuse last year.

Jerry Dean Rice, 51, is booked into the Cache County Jail on five counts of rape of a child and five counts of sodomy of a child, all first-degree felonies.

A probable cause statement says that the child, now 13, first reported the abuse in 2018. She said that in 2010-2011, someone with access to her house during that time period raped her almost every night for the period of about a year, stating the “sexual contact that wasn’t wanted.”

The victim “stated she was terrified and believed it to be her fault for telling her dog to be quiet,” the statement says. The child “stated she was told to ‘shut up’ during (the assaults), and told her he would kill her mom if she told.”

The victim also said her attacker “would hold her hips, squeeze her ribs, and choke her.”

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The victim “stated she never disclosed the abuse to her mother until one month prior to the interview,” and said she still suffered from nightmares, and would wet the bed until she was 12.

The girl said she also wore extra clothing to bed in an attempt to deter the abuse. The Logan City Police detective who filed the probable cause statement said he had worked on other cases where children reported that response.

“During my experience as a crimes against children detective, I have heard other children victims of sexual abuse talk about putting extra layers of clothing on in hopes it would deter the offender,” the statement says.

Post Miranda, Rice denied the sexual assaults, then invoked his right to remain silent, the probable cause statement said.

Rice was booked into jail on Oct. 15 of this year, and is being held without bail.

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