Amy Macavinta, Logan Herald Journal
A Tremonton man has been arrested and charged after police say he sexually assaulted his friend’s wife after the husband left the home to go to the store.
John Nathan Abel, 27, was arrested Tuesday, and charges have been filed in 1st District Court in Logan. Abel, a former Logan resident, could return to prison if convicted on the charges, which include object rape, aggravated kidnapping and forcible sexual abuse, all felony offenses.
According to Logan Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis, Abel was with friends at a Logan home in late July.
At some point that evening, his friend left the home to go to the store. During the man’s absence, Abel reportedly forced the man’s wife into a room, assaulted her and refused to let her go, Curtis said.
There were other people in the home, and one friend reportedly tried to stop the assault. He was unsuccessful, so he ran to find the woman’s husband, Curtis said.
Police were soon notified, but during the course of the investigation, Curtis said Abel refused to talk to police. The case was then sent to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for review.
Earlier this week, Curtis said police were authorized to arrest Abel and book him into the Cache County Jail.
In 2003, Abel was one of several to be convicted for severely beating two younger teens with a wine bottle at Third Dam in Logan Canyon in May 2002. The victims were reportedly beaten in retaliation for allegedly stealing marijuana and money from Abel and four others.
Abel was 17 at the time of the beating, and he had a prior criminal history as a juvenile. He was certified to stand trial as an adult because of the severity of the crime.
At the time, Cache County Attorney James Swink said the beating was so severe it was lucky Abel was not facing murder charges.
Abel was released from prison in 2007 and went on to earn a business degree from Utah State University. Since that time, Swink has said he considered Abel to be a success story.