ST. GEORGE – A man wanted in Minnesota for a probation violation was arrested in Enoch Tuesday for the alleged rape of a child.
Mark Anthony Jacobs, 38, was arrested by Enoch City Police and charged with first-degree felonies for the rape of a child and the sodomy of the child, according to a probable cause statement.
The police were contacted on last Saturday by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who told them Jacobs had sexually assaulted her mid-February. The girl told her parents that Jacobs put her face down on a bed and proceeded to assault her.
According to the probable cause statement, Jacobs is listed as a wanted person on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database for a probation violation.
“Mark absconded from Minnesota while on probation,” the arresting Enoch City Police officer wrote in the statement.
Due to having fled from Minnesota, Jacobs is likely a flight risk, the officer wrote. The girl’s parents also told police they were concerned for their family’s safety due to Jacobs having possible access to a firearm at the residence where he has been staying.
Jacobs was arrested and booked in the Iron County Correctional Facility.
According to the Utah courts website, first-degree felonies have a potential sentence of five years to life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
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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