Jonathan Soberanis, 26, was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing a child, fornication involving a child and unlawful detention of a minor (2018 photo)
A Utah boy managed to save himself by crawling under the toilet cubicle after allegedly being sexually assaulted in the bathroom of a recreation center.
Jonathan Jareth Soberanis, 26, was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse of a child, fornication with a child and unlawful detention of a minor.
He was also charged with criminal offense with intent, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
A day earlier, the boy – who has not been named – was using the toilet at the Lehi Legacy Center in Lehi when Soberanis allegedly entered his stall, the boy told police.
The probable cause affidavit claims Soberanis would have subsequently exposed himself, according to: FOX 13.
The boy told police that Soberanis grabbed him by the shoulders after he tried to leave the stable.
From there, the boy says he managed to crawl under the stable before running to his mother for help.
Surveillance videos show someone matching Soberanis’ description entering the locker room while the boy is inside – his clothes matched the description the boy gave.
The video also appears to show Soberanis exiting the locker room one way, while the boy heads another way.
The surveillance video has not been made public.
Pictured: The Lehi Legacy Community Center, where the alleged incident took place Tuesday dinsdag
A five-year-old boy escaped danger by crawling under a bathroom cubicle (stock)
Detectives from the Special Forces for Victims of the Lehi City Police later found out that Soberanis had a history, previously arrested for fornication, child sexual abuse and indecency involving a child (pictured in 2018)
Detectives from the Special Forces for Victims of the Lehi City Police later learned that Soberanis had a history of being arrested for fornication, child sexual abuse and fornication involving a child.
He was also banned from the Lehi Legacy Center in 2015 for sexual acts in the shower. It is not clear whether that ban was still in effect before the latest incident.
The court records also show that Soberanis was charged in both 2018 and 2019 in separate cases of fornication involving a child.
However, both cases were dropped because it was determined that Soberanis did not have jurisdiction to stand trial.
Detectives went to Soberanis’ home in Lehi on Wednesday to question him KSL.com, the day after the alleged incident.
Soberanis told detectives he was at the Lehi Legacy Center training, but video did not show him using fitness equipment.
He also told police that he “has a disability that prevents him from remembering his actions” when asked if he was in the locker room and walked away.
Soberanis started kicking and throwing himself after police tried to arrest him.
He also threw a glass side table at officers, who were then able to pin Soberanis down.
The officers suffered minor injuries during the arrest KJZZ.com. Soberanis was placed in the Utah County Jail after his arrest. He is being held without bail.
In an earlier incident in 2018, Soberanis allegedly pulled down his pants, exposing his penis to the 9-year-old child and told the boy to come closer, according to police. KUTV.
That incident allegedly happened in April 2018 at the South Town Mall in Sandy, Utah.
Soberanis had previously been banned from the recreation center for sex acts in the shower. He has been charged with a number of crimes related to Tuesday’s allegations
In another incident, police said a father was chasing Soberanis after he allegedly exposed himself to the father’s 8-year-old son.
They were at a West Valley recreation center in December 2018 when the incident is said to have occurred KUTV.
Soberanis reportedly appeared under a bathroom cubicle and exposed himself to the boy when the father entered.
Police said Soberanis “gated that the boy saw him masturbate and that he feels that he is sick and bad because he does things like this and wants help.”
Soberanis faced one misdemeanor charge for that incident, as well as several charges related to his actions involving the police, including failing to identify himself.