A Spanish Fork man pleaded no contest Friday in 4th District Court to a reduced charge of attempted aggravated kidnapping, a second-degree felony.
Brad Houghton, 25, appeared in front of Judge George E. Ballif for arraignment on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felonies; sexual assault, a first-degree felony; forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; and rape, a first-degree felony. The charges stem from incidents in July 1989 and September 1990.In a plea agreement, Houghton pleaded no contest to the reduced charge, and the other charges were dropped. Deputy county attorney Phil Hadfield said the agreement was offered because of the victims' desire not to testify. The agreement calls for Houghton to plead guilty to another rape charge in Juab County. In exchange, the county will not oppose a request by Houghton's attorney, Michael Esplin, for Houghton to undergo a 90-day evaluation at the Utah State Prison.
Esplin said legally Houghton had to plead no contest rather than guilty because at the time of the incident he was intoxicated and could not recall the events.
Houghton will return for sentencing March 22, at which time the defense is expected to request the 90-day evaluation.