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Ex-jailer to face trial in rape

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OGDEN — Former Davis County jailer Michael Carnahan has been bound over for trial on a charge of forcible sodomy.

A former inmate of the jail, now serving time in the Utah State Prison for drug offenses, testified Tuesday that on Sept. 25, 1998, Carnahan forced her to perform a sex act.

At one point "he was hitting my head against the sink" in a medical supply room at the jail and she was unable to shove him off, she said.

She was asked by defense attorney Ron Yengich why she didn't "voice her concerns" when the sick bay and a captain's office were just on the other side of a wall from the medical supply room.

"Nobody would believe me, sir," she said.

Carnahan's case has been one of the triggers for the Legislature's current consideration of a bill banning sexual contact, even with consent, between prisoners and guards.

After the 90-minute hearing, Judge Michael Lyon said enough evidence existed to advance the case to trial, which was set for July 10.

Carnahan was fired in December 1998 after three female inmates alleged Carnahan had coerced them into sex acts.

Davis County authorities charged him but then dropped the charges due to a conflict of interest when one inmate said she planned to sue the county. The case was turned over to the Weber County Attorney's Office.