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SALT LAKE CITY — A convicted sex offender from Iowa who was just released from prison there has been charged in Utah with sexually assaulting a passenger on a Greyhound bus while traveling through Uintah County.
Gregory Edward Kehl, 64, of Hills, Iowa, is charged in 8th District Court with object rape, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; lewdness by a sex offender, a third-degree felony; and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.
On Jan. 15, while riding on a Greyhound bus traveling to California, Kehl inappropriately touched a female passenger without her consent and exposed himself while trying to encourage her to perform a sex act, according to charging documents. This allegedly occurred while the bus was in Uintah County.
Kehl had a bottle of vodka with him and appeared to be intoxicated at the time, the charges state.
The bus driver pulled into a fast-food restaurant in Vernal and called police.
“(He) advised me that alcohol was not allowed on the bus and he wanted the male removed from the bus,” according to a police affidavit.
When officers interviewed the woman, she said Kehl “kept hitting on her” and that “she kept moving and he would follow her,” the affidavit states.
“She advised me that he had been drinking and believed that he was pretty intoxicated. She reported that he was drinking the alcoholic beverage out of a water bottle,” police wrote. “She seemed shaken by the incident.”
Officers located Kehl on the bus and reported detecting a “powerful” odor of alcohol on his breath. As they conducted a background check, they learned that Kehl is a convicted sex offender in Iowa and “that his conviction involved molesting an adult female, and sexual battery,” the affidavit states. “Gregory admitted to just being released from prison for a sex offender violation.”
A court hearing scheduled for this week was postponed until March 11, according to court records.