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Utah sex offender accused of sexual battery 3 weeks after leaving halfway house

A registered sex offender who arrived in Cedar City just two days ago was arrested Tuesday for a new offense, according to police.

A registered sex offender who arrived in Cedar City just two days ago was arrested Tuesday for a new offense, according to police. (Ancoay, Shutterstock)



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CEDAR CITY — A registered sex offender who was released from a halfway house less than a month ago and had been in Cedar City for only two days has been arrested after police say he sexually assaulted his new roommate.

Gerald Anthony Allen, 48, was booked into the Iron County Jail Tuesday and formally charged in 5th District Court on Wednesday with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Police say Allen very recently moved in with a 19-year-old man and his roommates.

"The 19-year-old victim stated that Gerald just moved in two days ago and works for the same company as him and all the subjects in the apartment," a police booking affidavit states.

The men returned home from work late Monday and the 19-year-old man took a shower. When he got out, Allen approached him and began giving him a massage, the affidavit states. The alleged victim said "he thought it was weird, but did not want to be rude."

While massaging the victim, Allen inappropriately touched him, according to the affidavit. The 19-year-old told him to stop.

"The victim stated that Gerald told him to keep this between them and not tell anyone else. The victim then texted his family and told them he has just been sexually assaulted. He was able to get out of the house and call his boss and father. That is when the police were called," police said.

Officers interviewed Allen who admitted to committing sexual acts that he hoped would lead to more sexual activity, the affidavit states.

"Gerald spent many years in prison for a sexual crime and is a registered sex offender. He just got out of a halfway house on May 3," police wrote in the arrest report. "His actions are evidence of him being predatory towards a younger male. ... Gerald is absolute a danger to our community. Due to his prior convictions to related crimes and not learning his lesson."

Allen was convicted of forcible sexual abuse in 1997. He was originally given a suspended prison sentence and put on probation. But after violating the terms of his probation, he was ordered to serve his original sentence of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison, according to court records.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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