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Saint Anne trio trial date set for June 8

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Saint Anne trio trial date set for June 8

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Early date set for trial to ensure that college and mission going teenagers will be in available.
Saint Anne trio trial date set for June 8
Early date to insure [ensure] teens will be in valley
By Jacob Santini
Senior News Writer

The three men accused of assaulting 30 high school students in Cache Valley were back in court Monday.

John Jeppson, Christopher Doerr and Arthur Peasnall were in Logan’s First District Court to be arraigned for six counts of aggravated assault. Jeppson has also been charged with one count of forcible sexual assault.

The alleged crime occurred on the night of Oct. 10, when the three men restrained 30 teenagers at a one time Catholic retreat in Logan Canyon.

According to testimony heard in a preliminary hearing, the teenagers were trespassing on the property because they had heard St. Anne’s retreat was haunted and wanted to check it out.

When the three men heard the teenagers on the property they surrounded them with shotguns and handcuffed them together. Once they were restrained the men made the teens sit in an empty swimming pool with a rope wrapped around their necks, according to information obtained from the case file.

Deputy Cache County Attorney Bruce Ward said the trial needs to be held as soon as possible.

“Some of the victims are leaving Utah this summer because they have been accepted to universities in Texas and Virginia,” Ward said. “There are also a number that are leaving on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints).”

Judge Clint Judkins set the trial to begin June 8, to insure [ensure] that all the alleged victims will be in Cache Valley at the time of the trial.

During Monday’s arraignment, Barbra Lochmar, defense attorney for Doerr told Judkins that change in venue will be expected because of the publicity the case has seen.

In response Ward said, “I think we need to at least try to select a jury before we make a decision for a change of venue.”

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Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives, FOLK COLL 32

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Utah State University Folklore in the news collection, 1973-2012, FOLK COLL 32
http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv04849
St. Anne's Retreat

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Saint Anne trio trial date set for June 8
Early date to insure [ensure] teens will be in valley
By Jacob Santini
Senior News Writer

The three men accused of assaulting 30 high school students in Cache Valley were back in court Monday.

John Jeppson, Christopher Doerr and Arthur Peasnall were in Logan’s First District Court to be arraigned for six counts of aggravated assault. Jeppson has also been charged with one count of forcible sexual assault.

The alleged crime occurred on the night of Oct. 10, when the three men restrained 30 teenagers at a one time Catholic retreat in Logan Canyon.

According to testimony heard in a preliminary hearing, the teenagers were trespassing on the property because they had heard St. Anne’s retreat was haunted and wanted to check it out.

When the three men heard the teenagers on the property they surrounded them with shotguns and handcuffed them together. Once they were restrained the men made the teens sit in an empty swimming pool with a rope wrapped around their necks, according to information obtained from the case file.

Deputy Cache County Attorney Bruce Ward said the trial needs to be held as soon as possible.

“Some of the victims are leaving Utah this summer because they have been accepted to universities in Texas and Virginia,” Ward said. “There are also a number that are leaving on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints).”

Judge Clint Judkins set the trial to begin June 8, to insure [ensure] that all the alleged victims will be in Cache Valley at the time of the trial.

During Monday’s arraignment, Barbra Lochmar, defense attorney for Doerr told Judkins that change in venue will be expected because of the publicity the case has seen.

In response Ward said, “I think we need to at least try to select a jury before we make a decision for a change of venue.”

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