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Suspect in USU rapes to be tried in Brigham City

A man accused of raping five Utah State University students and sexually abusing two other women will stand trial in Brigham City.

At a hearing Wednesday, 1st District Judge Clint Judkins agreed to move the trial venue for Stacey Nelson-Waggoner. The judge said media attention could prevent Nelson-Waggoner, 23, from getting a fair trial in Logan.Judkins also bound Nelson-Waggoner over for trial on a charge he sexually assaulted another woman after hearing testimony at a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Nelson-Waggoner was arrested in February when six women came forward and reported the alleged rapes and abuse. He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail.

The newest aggravated sexual assault charge was added last month after a seventh woman, who's not a USU student, made a report to Logan police in August.

The woman testified that Nelson-Waggoner forced himself on top of her while she was sitting on his bed in a Mountain View Tower dorm room at the university. She said he held her arms down and began kissing her face and fondling her breasts.

Each case will be prosecuted individually, and no trial dates have been set.