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Ex-Utah State frat brother plea deal disputed

Ex-Utah State frat brother plea deal disputed

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A plea deal in a sexual assault case against a former Utah State University fraternity brother could fall apart over the disputed results of a psychosexual evaluation.

The Logan Herald-Journal reports that Judge Brian Cannell said Wednesday he can't rely on the test that found 27-year-old Jason Relopez presents a low-to-moderate risk of committing another assault. Cannell says he will allow the defendant to back out of the deal.

The test was central to a plea deal in the case. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a less-serious jail sentence if the exam found he is low-risk, but said they'd ask for prison time if it indicated he could be dangerous later.

Prosecutors called the evaluation inconclusive, but defense attorney Shannon Demler argued that prosecutors simply don't like the results and are trying to back out of the deal.

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