SHIVWITS RESERVATION — Following an initial arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle, a 44-year-old man was booked on additional charges Thursday while still incarcerated at Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.
The added charges stem from an ongoing investigation of Kim Eccles when, on Sept. 22, a child forensic interview was conducted at the Children’s Justice Center with a juvenile under the age of 13, according to probable cause statement written by Washington County Sheriff detective Nathan Abbott in support of the arrest, and the child disclosed that Eccles had put something inside his private parts and that this had occurred at a location within Washington County.
“The child stated this happened three times,” Abbott wrote in the statement.
Attempts to locate Eccles were unsuccessful until Thursday when he was arrested on an unrelated incident.
St. George Police Department listed a 2005 Ford F150 as stolen on Monday and an attempt to locate was sent out to law enforcement agencies, Washington County Sheriff Sgt. Dave Crouse said. Deputies received information Thursday that Eccles was suspected to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.
“I was aware of a vehicle that was reported stolen,” Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Bowen wrote in a probable cause statement. “A citizen called in to inform me that the vehicle was at the Shivwits reservation being driven by Kim Eccles.”
Deputies responded to the reservation with several other officers. The vehicle was seen traveling out of the reservation housing area towards Old Highway 91. The vehicle pulled into the driveway of one of the homes near the highway. A deputy driving an unmarked truck near the housing area verified the license plate as the one listed as stolen.
“I saw Kim Eccles exit the driver’s side of the vehicle, left front door,” Bowen wrote in his statement. “He walked into the back yard of the residence. As I pulled into the area he walked back toward the truck. At gun point, I ordered Kim to raise his hands and get down on his knees, which he complied.”
Eccles was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with a second-degree felony for possession of a stolen vehicle and a class C misdemeanor for driving on a denied license. After further investigation, Eccles was charged in a separate case with three first-degree felonies for sodomy of a child. According to bookings information, Eccles’ current bail stands at $76,000.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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