Cedar City man charged for rape of mentally disabled woman

CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Police Department arrested a Cedar City man Sunday for rape and forcible sex abuse.

Gerald Wayne Santos, Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted June 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Gerald Wayne Santos, Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted June 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Gerald Wayne Santos, 56, was arrested and charged with one first-degree felony for rape and one second-degree felony for forcible sex abuse.

According to a probable cause statement, Santos encountered a 22-year-old woman out walking her dogs in the area of 550 W. 2000 North on May 15. He was working in the front yard of a vacant home as a part of his employment. The woman was described in the statement as having a “mental disability that makes her brain function similar to that of a small child with multiple limitations.”

The woman stopped to talk to Santos and they spoke with each other over an extended period of time. Santos asked the woman to go inside the home so he could show her something inside. Once inside, he took her into a closet and took off her leggings and proceeded to touch and then rape her, according to the statement.

During an interview at the Iron County Correctional Facility, Santos waived his Miranda rights and told police he and the woman had sex with their clothes on and that he exposed and touched parts of her body. Santos also said he could tell the woman appeared to have a mental disability.

Santos was booked into jail with bail set at $15,000, according to booking information. He has a court appearance set for June 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Fifth District Court in Cedar City.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

St. George News Reporter Kimberly Scott contributed to this story.

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7 Comments

  • OBAMAS COMMIN' TO TAKE THE GUNS!!! June 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    idk but that is just … up. Think I should quit readin so much news. just depressing
    Ed. ellipsis

  • Neut … June 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    MY NAME SAYS IT ALL
    Ed. ellipsis

  • Mean momma June 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Disgusting predictor! Oh how I wish we still had public stonings!

    • Mean momma June 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I meant predator, not predictor. He is GROSS… That’s all I’m saying!

  • Neut Themallski III June 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    As my grandfather Neut Themallski says. This is a story of how you turn a bull into a steer the same way planters fills their cans 1 nut at a time.

  • St. Geo new June 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Cut cha caulk cough. You are a bad boy mr rapest,

  • Zonkerb September 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Hey how about saving the tax payer’s some money just take him out back and shoot him. We don’t need him out there walking around the community

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