Texas man charged with groping Utah teen now faces charge in second case

A Houston man charged with touching a teen girl at a Salt Lake City store in August has been charged after police say he returned to the area and touched a second girl at another store.

A Houston man charged with touching a teen girl at a Salt Lake City store in August has been charged after police say he returned to the area and touched a second girl at another store. (spaxiax, Shutterstock)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Houston man has been charged a second time with touching a girl inappropriately at a store in Salt Lake City.

And Salt Lake police say they found him just as he was about to leave the state.

Nicholas Toftemark, 24, was arrested last Wednesday and charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.

On June 9, at a Target store in Salt Lake City, Toftemark is believed to have approached an 11-year-old girl and touched her buttocks twice, according to a police booking affidavit. He told the girl she had something on her butt and then acted as if he was swiping it off, the charges state.

"Toftemark said he would get it, then reached around (the girl) and brushed her butt as if to remove something. (She) stated that when she realized what Toftemark had done, she felt anxious and scared and she began to panic. (The girl) stated that she initially thought what Toftemark did was weird, but then she realized what he did was not OK," according to charging documents.

Investigators reviewed store surveillance video and reported observing Toftemark watching other girls in the cosmetic aisle for several minutes before eventually approaching the 11-year-old victim, police said.

"Nicholas can be seen taking his phone out of his pocket and holding it at an angle where he appears to be filming the incident. Nicholas points to the victim's buttocks, then reaches over with his hand and touches the victim's buttocks twice," the affidavit states.

Officers who responded to the scene and talked to the girl noted, "It was apparent the victim was traumatized by the incident. She was extremely emotional, uncomfortable, and was crying," according to the affidavit.

Using surveillance video from the store, police were able to identify Toftemark and put out a notice to all officers to be on the lookout for him. Patrol officers spotted him just before he was scheduled to fly out of Salt Lake City. When questioned, Toftemark claimed "there was a spider on the victim's pants, and he brushed it off. Nicholas admitted it was a weird interaction," according to the arrest report.

Police also noted that Toftemark, who is from Houston, "has no address in Utah and has ties back in Texas" and after he was charged with a similar crime in January he left the area. He was charged on Jan. 8 in Utah's 3rd District Court with forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. A warrant for his arrest in that case has remained outstanding since the charge was filed.

In that case, Toftemark was at a Walmart in Salt Lake City on Aug. 23 when he grabbed the buttocks of a 15-year-old girl twice, according to charging documents. Detectives reviewing store surveillance video observed Toftemark "follow (the teen) down the aisle and make contact with her. (She) then went down another aisle and Toftemark followed her, reached his hand out and grabbed her buttocks," the charges state.

The girl then turned and pushed Toftemark away, according to the charges.

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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 at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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