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SOUTHEAST IDAHO MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 5 YOUNG GIRLS: Police began investigating after 9-year-old contracted STD

September 5, 2018

A Southeast Idaho man is being held in a Utah jail after he was charged with sexually assaulting five young girls, one of whom was only 4 years old.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the investigating officer at the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in northern Utah, Juan Amezcua-Cisneros, 50, of Weston, was arrested after a local doctor reported that a patient, a 9-year-old girl, tested positive for chlamydia in mid-August.

The child was interviewed by the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, and she described numerous occasions he visited her home and touched her intimately in her bedroom. She also shared incidents where similar activity took place with her sisters, who range in age from 4 to 11.

According to the investigator, the girl also said Amezcua-Cisneros used his cell phone to take nude photos of her, and there were other nude photos on his phone.

The other children were interviewed, and then detectives spoke with Amezcua-Cisneros, who “used soft denials with several attempts to redirect the blame for the accusations,” according to the probable cause statement.

Detectives served the man with a search warrant for testing and additional investigation. Those results are pending, but Amezcua-Cisneros was taken into custody Aug. 24.

The man has been charged with five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one count of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felony offenses.

He appeared in 1st District Court on Tuesday with his appointed attorney, Bryan Galloway, who requested a preliminary hearing date with each of the alleged victims available.

The hearing has been set for Oct. 23. Unless Amezcua-Cisneros waives his right to that hearing, law enforcement will be required to demonstrate there is enough evidence to believe Amezcua-Cisneros committed a crime.

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