Provo man charged with sexually abusing woman at Orem recreation center

A Provo man was charged Tuesday with entering a changing area at the Orem Family Fitness Center last week and sexually assaulting a woman.

A Provo man was charged Tuesday with entering a changing area at the Orem Family Fitness Center last week and sexually assaulting a woman. (lusia83, Shutterstock)


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OREM — A Provo man is facing several felony charges accusing him of entering an Orem recreation center and sexually assaulting a woman.

Marcos Garza-Lopez, 19, was charged Tuesday in 4th District Court with object rape and aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felonies; two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; aggravated assault and burglary, third-degree felonies; and lewdness, a class B misdemeanor.

On June 19, Garza-Lopez entered the Orem Family Fitness Center, 575 W. Center Street, although he is not a member and walked "past the gate where he was supposed to scan a card and went into the changing room," according to charging documents. "For the next three hours, surveillance (video collected later) shows him loitering in and around the changing room."

A 32-year-old woman entered the changing area and Garza-Lopez "approached her and asked her for help with the shower in his changing room," the charges state.

The woman followed him into a family changing room where he physically and sexually assaulted her, according to charging documents. She fought him off twice, one time "elbowing him in the ribs until she was able to get out of his grasp."

Garza-Lopez left the facility and rode away on a bicycle while the woman went to the front desk for help. He was located in Provo on Friday and was arrested.

He was charged with stalking, a third-degree felony, in a separate case Monday in 4th District Court for his actions against a former intimate partner, according to charging documents.

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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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