ST. GEORGE — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman nearly 40 years older than him after illegally entering her home in Hurricane Sunday evening.
David Joseph Diaz Vega, 27, of St. George, allegedly walked through the 65-year-old woman’s front door, which was unlocked, said Ken Thompson, public information officer for the Hurricane Police Department. Diaz Vega was an acquaintance of the woman, but did not have permission to come into the home, Thompson said.
Diaz Vega allegedly sat down in the middle of the living room floor and took off his shoes and shirt before kissing the woman and sexually touching her, Thompson said.
“He’d been asked to leave several times and he touched her inappropriately, even after being asked to stop,” Thompson said.
The suspect is then accused of going outside of the home, where he plugged his phone into an outlet to charge the battery while sitting next to the front door. A short time later, Diaz Vega allegedly reentered the home and started touching the woman again “in a way that she did not want to be touched,” according to the probable cause statement.
Diaz Vega allegedly walked into the woman’s bedroom and laid down on her bed after sexually assaulting the woman several times. Officers from the Hurricane Police Department arrived and found him lounging in the woman’s bed as the odor of alcohol wafted from him, according to the probable cause statement.
The man was arrested shortly after midnight Monday morning and was charged with forcible sex abuse, intoxication and burglary of a dwelling. The burglary charge was added because he entered the home without permission, Thompson said.
Diaz Vega was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility and bail was set at $20,220 for all three charges. At the time of this report, Diaz Vega remains in custody.
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