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ST. GEORGE – After seeking the public’s help last month, police identified and arrested a man Tuesday who was allegedly involved in a sexual assault of a vulnerable adult in September.
Detectives were called to investigate a sexual assault case involving a 38-year-old woman with diminished mental capacities. The woman has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
The sexual assault allegedly occurred on Sept. 16 between noon and 2:15 p.m. after the woman had walked away from the St. George care facility where she resides full-time, the statement said. While out walking, the woman said, she was offered a ride by a man driving a tan car.
The woman said the man took her to a store and bought her a soda pop, according to the probable cause statement. The woman told detectives the man then drove her to a park and “had the sex.”
“(The woman) stated that the male had put his penis in her vagina and in her mouth,” the arresting detective wrote in the statement. “The victim said that the male had ejaculated as well during the incident.”
The woman described the man as having a beard and described a tattoo on the man’s right leg.
Detectives were able to collect surveillance footage from the store where the man had allegedly taken the woman to buy a drink. Police then asked the public’s help identifying the man captured in the footage.
Over the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify 57-year-old Cherokee Miles Williams, of Hurricane, as the suspect in the case.
Detectives conducted an interview with Williams on Tuesday. Williams immediately invoked his rights and requested his attorney, and the interview ended, according to the statement of probable cause.
Williams was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He has been charged with two first-degree felony counts of aggravated kidnapping and forcible sodomy, as well as second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.
His bail for release pending trial stands at $40,000. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.
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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