ST. GEORGE – A 43-year-old St. George man accused of forcible sexual abuse involving a teen was arrested Monday.
Marvin Jeffs was taken into custody by the St. George Police following an interview with a 14-year-old girl who said Jeffs touched and fondled her private areas on Feb. 28, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Brandon Dunbar supporting the arrest.
Police also spoke to an individual connected to the 14-year-old who confronted Jeffs about the incident who stated Jeffs allegedly admitted to drinking on the night of the incident, supplying the teen with alcohol and “fondling” the teens breasts. However, Jeffs said he didn’t remember anything beyond that due to having “blacked out” while intoxicated, Dunbar said in the statement.
Police contacted Jeffs and he repeated he was unable to remember what had happened because he had been drinking, according to the statement.
Jeffs was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. His bail stands at $10,000.
Because the incident involves a juvenile, the police were unable to comment on details surrounding the case, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. However, he said the teen and Jeffs were acquainted prior to the incident and she came forward and told police what had happened, which subsequently led to Jeffs’ arrest.
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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