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Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

Police Search for Sexual Assault Suspect

Posted - Jul. 7, 2004 at 3:17 p.m.



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Sandra Yi ReportingPolice are looking for a man who lured two boys from a swimming pool, then sexually assaulted them.

Police say the victims live in Salt Lake, but the manager of the hotel where the pool is located tells KSL, they were guests there last night. The boys, both 10-years old, were swimming in the pool when they met a stranger who lured them away and assaulted them.

Det. Kevin Joiner, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "This is a very traumatic incident for them, and again, that's why we're being as careful with it as we can."

Police say a stranger targeted the two young boys at the hotel swimming pool. He lured them to a bank next door then convinced them to take a ride on his scooter. Police believe it's an offer tempting to any 10-year old.

Kevin Joiner: "Sexual predators will use any number of ways and means to entice their victims."

Police say the man took the boys, both friends, to an unknown area in the high Avenues and sexually assaulted them.

Kevin Joiner: "It's unclear whether they were left there or given a ride back. The detective is trying to sort through all the information and get exactly what happened."

Police say sexual predators will gain their victims’ confidence. Some can also be very aggressive. They say this case shows how important it is that all parents talk to their kids about stranger danger.

Kevin Joiner: "Most officers on this department have children and even if you don't, anytime children are involved, it's very difficult for us to deal with it."

Police have released a description of the suspect. He is a white male, 22-29 years old. 5’8” with a heavy built. He has strawberry blond, short, curly hair and brown eyes. He was riding a red Vespa-type scooter with chrome.

Police say they are treating this case seriously. If you have any information, call Salt Lake City Police. The Police Department also offers crime prevention classes for parents and kids.

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