LOGAN — The attorney representing Michael Anthony, a 58-year-old Logan man found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, is now asking a judge for a new trial. The defense claims that prosecutors coached the victim while she testified during the April bench trial.
Anthony appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. His attorney, Wayne Caldwell requested a review hearing to present his motion.
Judge Brian Cannell granted the request and set a hearing date for June 29.
During the April trial, the victim testified that she heard Anthony’s voice saying how beautiful she was, as she felt herself being assaulted. She said she later woke up in a bedroom, downstairs in the home and had little memory of what else happened.
While under cross examination, the victim became emotional and was excused from the witness stand. She left the courtroom and met with prosecutors for about 15-minutes before being called back to the stand.
Judge Cannell later found Anthony guilty of attempted forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony.
Anthony was originally charged with performing oral sex on a 20-year-old woman in a bathroom, during a 2013 Halloween party. The alleged victim said the assault happened after she became semi-unconscious from drinking and doing drugs at the party.
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