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BARTENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGE IN RAPE CASE, GETS 30 DAYS

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A South Ogden bartender accused of raping a customer after the bar had closed was sentenced to 30 days in the Weber County Jail Wednesday by 2nd District Judge David Roth.

Randy Bickmore, 37, had originally been charged with felony rape but agreed to plead guilty to a lewdness charge to avoid another trial after a first trial ended in a mistrial in April.A mistrial was declared after a prosecution witness, a Weber State College Crime Lab technician, mentioned that the defendant had taken a lie detector test. Utah law prohibits revealing that information in front of a jury unless both sides agree.

In this case, the prosecution did not want the information introduced because Bickmore had passed the test.

The 46-year-old woman told the jury that the bartender had raped her in the rest room after the Iron Horse Bar had closed. Bickmore admitted having sex with the woman, but said she had consented.

During sentencing, defense attorney Brian Florence said he had talked to some jury members after they were released and he was told that they felt the victim had not told the truth on the witness stand. Florence said he believed that Bickmore should go free because the jury probably would have found his client not guilty.