Booking photo for Braxton W. Egbert (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).
LOGAN — A 19-year-old Hyrum man, already in jail on sex abuse charges, is facing new allegations of molesting his cellmate while incarcerated. Braxton W. Egbert is already being held on three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and 11 misdemeanors of voyeurism and sexual battery.
Egbert appeared in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. Instead, prosecutors filed a new case against him, including five new charges of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony.
Judge Brian Cannell postponed the hearing after meeting with attorneys for both sides in his chambers. He expressed concern about a possible conflict of interest between the defendant and his present lawyers.
Judge Cannell assigned public defender Mike McGinnis to begin representing Egbert in both cases. He also ordered the defendant to appear again in court next Tuesday.
Outside the courtroom, Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray explained that the new case was filed after deputies learned that Egbert allegedly sexually abused his cellmate multiple times. The abuse was reported earlier this week and the suspect has now reportedly been placed in a cell all by himself.
Egbert was arrested in October after deputies learned that he allegedly spied on a 20-year-old man repeatedly, while inappropriately touching himself. He would look through a hole in a bedroom door or use a CD as a mirror, to view the victim changing clothes or using the bathroom. At other times, he would sneak into the man’s bedroom and molest him.
Egbert later told deputies, “he cannot control himself sexually, and needs to be either closely supervised or kept away from other people.” He also described having multiple sexual addictions and problems throughout his life.
In November, Egbert was found competent to stand trial after attorneys requested a mental evaluation. He was ordered to receive treatment while incarcerated.
Egbert is being held in jail without bail. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.