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Police: 15-year-old arrested in connection with Sandy sex assault

By Jordan Ormond, KSL.com | Posted - Mar 20th, 2018 @ 6:19pm


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SANDY — A 15-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a case involving a jogger who police say was sexually assaulted on a trail in Sandy Monday afternoon.

Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said the teen was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of forcible sodomy — all first-degree felonies — and two counts of obstruction, a second-degree felony.

The teen's name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, Nielsen said.

The assault happened at about 1 p.m. Monday, on a trail near 9980 S. 300 East, Nielsen said. A woman in her 40s told police she was jogging on the trail when someone grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

Nielsen said the woman flagged down bystanders in the area after the attack, and they called police. The attacker fled the area before police were called.

The woman was transported to a hospital in fair condition, Nielsen added.

Sandy police had asked the public for help to identify and locate the attacker. Nielsen said Tuesday's arrest was made "following tips from the public and diligent investigative police work by Sandy detectives."

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office will screen the case to determine formal charges.

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