BRIGHAM CITY — A Box Elder County man already accused of sexually abusing teenage girls and women in two cases now faces numerous additional charges after the Utah Attorney General's Office identified seven more alleged victims.
Braydon Michael Brailsford, 20, of Perry, was charged last week in 1st District Court with four counts of rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and four counts of rape, all first-degree felonies; plus three counts of forcible sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree felonies.
On March 8, Brailsford was also charged in Box Elder County with rape, object rape and forcible sodomy. Just nine days later, he was charged in Cache County with enticing a minor by text, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and witness tampering. All those charges are felonies.
"With the filing of this criminal information the defendant, in three separate criminal filings in two separate counties, stands accused of multiple criminal sexual acts, from at least nine different females, six of which were minors at the time of their alleged sexual assaults," the Utah Attorney General's Office wrote in the latest charging documents.
The assaults happened from approximately July 2017 through February, with the victims ranging from ages 14 to 21, the charges state. Brailsford was between the ages of 16 and 19 at the time of the alleged assaults.
In several cases, the victims told police they met Brailsford on social media and he tried pressuring them into having sex with him shortly after meeting them in person for the first time, but they told him no, according to charging documents. He is accused of then sexually assaulted his victims.
"So many different, independent alleged victims reporting similar accounts of meeting and then being sexually assaulted by (Brailsford), makes it unlikely that the victims are all mistaken or making false allegations," the charges state.
In the March Box Elder County case, Brailsford is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl and "offering to pay the victim money, do her homework, or do whatever else the victim needed" if she would not cooperate with police in their investigation, according to charging documents.
On Thursday, the judge presiding over the Box Elder case ordered Brailsford to have a mental competency evaluation to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
Brailsford's attorneys say their client has "limited mental functioning," according to a motion filed Wednesday.
"Mr. Brailsford has difficulty tracking, following a conversation to conclusion and is unable to appreciate the proceedings to which he is subject. Mr. Brailsford has a genetic history of cognitive and mental health issues," the motion states.