man sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison for child sexual
By Brad Plothow
April 20, 2006 | A Logan man could
spend as many as 15 years in a state prison for a crime
he's accused of committing more than 15 years ago.
Dwight Cahoon, 48, on Monday was sentenced on two
counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child. His
term is for not less than one year and to up to 15 years
in a Utah prison.
Cahoon was charged late last year on 10 counts related
to the sexual abuse a young girl from 1989-1992. Cahoon
was tried on only three counts. The victim, a woman
now in her late 20s, didn't speak to police about the
incident until 2004, when the case was filed. Police
documents do not indicate why the woman waited so long
to make the accusation.
A police report revealed that Cahoon admitted to sexually
touching the woman when she was younger. Cahoon pleaded
innocent to the 10 counts of second-degree felony sexual
abuse of a child when the charges were originally levied,
but in January this year he changed his plea to guilty
on two counts. Cahoon and his defense attorney, John
Caine, argued that the statue of limitations had passed,
since the charges were made so many years after the
First District Court Judge Clint Judkins denied the
motion. Cahoon and Caine will likely appeal Monday's
ruling, again on the basis of the statute of limitations.
Cahoon was not detained by police after his sentencing
Monday. The court determined he posed no flight risk
or threat to the community, so he was released on his
According to his 1st District Court file, Cahoon has
court fines totaling $37,500 plus interest. Cahoon made
bail when the charges were filed in 2004 on a $150,000
Cahoon currently is not listed in Utah's sex offender
registry. Two men by the same last name are listed on
the registry. Brian Earl Cahoon, 31, of Draper was convicted
of second-degree sexual abuse of a child in September
of last year. Troy Gary Cahoon, 36, whose address is
listed as the same as Brian Earl Cahoon's, was convicted
on one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor,
a third-degree felony, in 2003 and attempted sexual
abuse of a child, also a third-degree felony, in 1992.
Caine is a high-profile criminal defense attorney
in Utah. He helped represent Mark Hacking, who was charged
with the murder of his wife, Lori, in a case that received
national media attention last year.