A June 8 trial date has been set for three men charged with aggravated assault for allegedly using too much force to detain trespassing teenagers at a Logan Canyon retreat.
John Jeppson of Pocatello, Idaho, Chris Doerr and Arthur Peasnall, both of Tooele County, on Monday were arraigned on six counts each of the third-degree felony.Jeppson also is charged with forcible sexual abuse for allegedly touching the breast and buttocks of a female trespasser while searching her.
The men are accused of using violence to detain 38 young people who entered the former St. Anne's Retreat in Logan Canyon on Oct. 10 for a Halloween season thrill.
The young people, ranging in age from 16 to 21, initially were charged with trespassing. But the owners of the private retreat asked that charges be dismissed after hearing allegations that three men staying there terrorized the youths.
The trio's case was advanced toward trial earlier this month after a preliminary hearing.
Jeppson had been represented by public defender David Perry, but has retained attorney Greg Skordas.
The trial is expected to last four and a half days.
Logan attorney Arden Lauritzen, who represents Peasnall, and Doerr's attorney, Barbara Lachmar, said they will confer with Skordas about the possibility of asking for a change of venue.
First District Judge Clint Judkins said all motions must be filed with the court by April 20.