LOGAN — A 21-year-old Logan man who has already been behind bars for close to five months was sentenced to more jail time for sexually assaulting a coworker in a church parking lot on Valentine’s Day. Jarek Anthony Lindholm has been in the Cache County Jail since being arrested Feb. 22, after being questioned by police.

Lindholm was sentenced on Monday, July 1, in Logan’s 1st District Court. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to sexual battery, amended to a second-degree felony. In exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed two remaining charges and agreed not to ask for any prison time.

According to prosecutors, a woman called the Logan City Police Department, explaining how Lindholm had threatened to physically hurt his wife and adopted daughter if she did not have sex with him. The woman later explained how she had never met the defendant’s family face-to-face.

The victim said Lindholm had told her that he was often possessed by a mythical demon. She would also receive text messages occasionally from the man’s supposed wife and child, but they were always from Jarek’s phone number.

The woman explained that Lindholm contacted her on Feb. 14, saying he was being possessed. He reportedly told her, if she didn’t pick him up at his home, he would hurt his daughter.

The victim said she picked up Lindholm and was told to drive to a church parking lot near 645 Trail Circle, where she was raped. The defendant then ordered her to drive them to a restaurant.

The woman told police that at the time of the assault, she was afraid that if she didn’t follow Lindholm’s orders, he would hurt his family members. She said the man acted like he was being possessed at the time.

When police contacted Lindholm at his home, he claimed to often hear voices in his head during the past year. He also confessed that his supposed wife and daughter did not exist.

During Monday’s sentencing, defense attorney Cameron Cox said Lindholm has a number of mental health issues. He explained how the defendant has cooperated with investigators and sought treatment.

Lindholm read a statement, saying he knew what he did was wrong and he regretted it. He expressed sorrow for the lasting trauma he caused the victim.

Judge Angela Fonnesbeck said this was a very serious offence. She sentenced Lindholm to 210 days in jail and placement on the sex-offender registry. She also refused to give any credit for time already served, due to the severe impact on the victim.

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