LOGAN — A 38-year-old Logan man with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested for soliciting a teenage girl to have sex with him, according to law enforcement. Jason Keith Summers was booked Thursday, May 23, into the Cache County Jail after blaming his actions on adverse effects from his medication.

According to the arrest affidavit, Logan City Police officers began an investigation after the alleged victim claimed Summers had sent her text messages, soliciting sexual acts from her. The young girl, who was an acquaintance of the suspect, was later interviewed at the Children’s Justice Center, providing the messages to police.

Officers later questioned Summers, who claimed he was having a bad reaction to his medications. He said his prescriptions made it hard to communicate and increased his heart rate. Later, he acknowledged the messages didn’t sound good and were inappropriate.

Summers was arraigned during a virtual hearing Friday, May 24, in Logan’s 1st District Court. He was charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a first-degree felony. The crime carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $20,000 fine, if convicted.

Judge Spencer Walsh ordered Summers to be held temporarily without bail, while attorneys gather evidence in the case. He ordered the defendant to appear again in court June 3.

Summers has been incarcerated multiple times during the past 10 years. In June 2018, he approached two boys in Smithfield and threw sulfuric acid on them. The five-year-old had minor burns on his back. The three-year-old sustained more severe burns to his face, eyes and chest. Both had to be hospitalized for treatment.

Summers later tried to flee several times from officers before being arrested, including jumping out of an officer’s patrol car near 400 N. Main Street in Logan. He later accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to serve between one to 15-years in the Utah State Prison.

In 2016, Summers was convicted of discharging a firearm and possession of drugs, after he broke into an LDS Church and then tried to shoot at a neighbor. He was ordered to serve 90-days in jail and then placed on probation for one-year.

Individuals arrested and charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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