Sentencing of a Panguitch man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse is scheduled for Feb. 7 in 6th District Court.

Ron Nez, 24, was initially charged with rape of a Panguitch woman, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of forcible sexual abuse through a stipulated agreement that followed plea negotiations. A pre-sentence report was ordered by the court.Nez was arrested Dec. 28 at his home in Panguitch after Sheriff Than Cooper responded to a call reporting an assault at a motel. The arrest followed an interrogation of the victim.