LOGAN — A 32-year-old Logan man has confessed to forcibly sodomizing a woman during a Halloween party in 2017. Paul W. Doucette pleaded guilty but mentally ill, which could determine whether he is sent to the State Mental Hospital instead of prison.
Doucette appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon. He accepted a plea deal, admitting to one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped a second felony rape charge against him.
According to police, Doucette sexually assaulted a woman during a party, early on the morning of October 29, 2017. The victim told officers, the defendant attempted to have sex with her. After telling him no and pushing him away, he held her down on the floor and raped her multiple times. The assault stopped when she called out to a friend, who walked into the room and witnessed what was happening.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen explained to Doucette that as part of his plea, he will have to undergo an evaluation to determine his mental state. He also reiterated, regardless of the results of the evaluation, he can still send the defendant to jail or prison.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon asked for Doucette to be taken into custody again, saying he would prefer to have the defendant behind bars. Judge Allen said he would allow Doucette to remain out while completing the mental evaluations.
This isn’t the first time Doucette has been charged with a crime. In October 2016, he walked into a hair salon with an air-soft handgun under his arm. He reportedly waived the gun, telling the employees that he worked for the police and god. He walked out the backdoor of the business and was later confronted by police and arrested.
Before Tuesday’s hearing concluded, Judge Allen scheduled Doucette to return to court July 9 for a mental health hearing. Sentencing will be three weeks later on July 30.
Doucette is currently out of jail after posting $20,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison.