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Motel worker entered woman's room with master key, assaulted her, charges say

Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a motel maintenance worker accused of using a master key to enter a woman's room in Salt Lake City and sexually abusing her.

Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a motel maintenance worker accused of using a master key to enter a woman's room in Salt Lake City and sexually abusing her. (Shutterstock)



SALT LAKE CITY — A maintenance worker at a downtown Salt Lake motel was charged Wednesday with using his master key to enter a woman's room and sexually assault her.

Chester Nevayaktewa, 53, of Salt Lake City, is charged in 3rd District Court with object rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of forcible sexual abuse and burglary, both second-degree felonies.

Nevayaktewa, who is a maintenance worker and lives at the All Star Travel Inn, 754 W. North Temple, used his master key to enter a woman's room on June 17 as she was sleeping, and inappropriately touched her, according to charging documents.

The woman told police that earlier in the day, her air conditioner was not working so she had her front door open. Nevayaktewa had asked her if she wanted a fan and she told him no. However, later that night, while the woman was in bed with her son, Nevayaktewa opened her door, brought a fan and sat on the bed, the charges state.

"(The woman) told (Nevayaktewa) multiple times he needed to go and to stop touching her, however (he) responded, 'No,'" according to the charges.

Prosecutors have requested Nevayaktewa be held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bail. They noted in charging documents that he was previously convicted of sexual battery in Roosevelt and "has an extensive criminal history in California."

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