11-year-old Orem girl sexually assaulted on the way to school, police say

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Feb. 5, 2014, 6:55 p.m. MST

 An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted walking to school Wednesday and police are asking the public for information about the assailant.

An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted walking to school Wednesday and police are asking the public for information about the assailant.


OREM — Police say an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted walking to school Wednesday, and they're asking the public for information about the assailant.

The girl was alone walking to Cherry Hill Elementary about 7:50 a.m. when she was approached by a man near 1650 S. 400 East, Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said. The man forced the girl to a secluded area of a nearby church parking lot, sexually assaulted her and then left, Martinez said.

The girl ran to the school, where she immediately told a teacher what had happened. School officials called police.

"She's very distraught," Martinez said. "We need to get this guy off the street."

The man was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a grey hoodie, dark baseball hat and tennis shoes. The girl was wearing a pink coat and light blue jeans.

Anyone who noticed anything in the area is asked to call the Orem Police Department at 801-229-7070.

Erin Vasquez, with the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, said talking to children who have heard about an incident like this can be difficult for parents.

Vasquez encourages parents to educate kids rather than dwelling on the details, while reminding them they should always talk to an adult if something happens.

"It's empowering the child to be able to recognize that if something does come up, they have the skill sets to be able to deal with it," she said.

— McKenzie Romero

1. RG
Buena Vista, VA,
Feb. 6, 2014

If we are to help look for the suspect (and by "we," I mean the people in the Orem area) we might need to know the color of his skin and hair as well as what he was wearing. In fact, he can change his clothes (probably has done so by now) but he is less likely to change his hair color, and even less likely to change his skin color. No, this is not a racist comment, and it doesn't matter what color he is, only that this information might help to catch him.

2. Heidi T.
Farmington, UT,
Feb. 6, 2014

Parents, Don't let your children walk anywhere alone...ever.

3. brotherJonathan
Feb. 6, 2014

If a citizen is convicted of Sexual crimes, the best solution, in my opinion, is to have them chipped or a permanent tracking device installed. This would not interfere, in their daily life, once adjudication of crimes was complete and release back into the public is allowed.
Having a record of their whereabouts at all times, would prevent more sexually based crimes in the future: most sex offenders are not stupid, just driven by sexual appetites without moral based control over themselves.
Protect society and help the weak or ill have good reason not to attempt more crimes.
Use our brains and stay constitutional under all laws.

4. Polly Scott
Centerville, UT,
Feb. 6, 2014

This is the result of pornography. As a culture, we need to stop the progressive nature of sex addiction - starts with pornography and escalates to child pornography and acting out what they see. Pornography can not be ignored. Tracking devices may help after the fact, but the only solution to this problem is stopping pornography from stealing the hearts of our teenagers and men.

5. brotherJonathan
Feb. 6, 2014

Subject: Attn.: Utah Supreme Court Justices & UAG Sean Reyes: "How to protect society from repeat sex offenders and stay constitutional?"
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:55:39 +0000
Dear Utah Supreme Court:
Your opinion on use of permanent tracking devices on convicted sexual offenders released into society?
Your opinion could begin the legal process of creating a safer environment for women and children, since most sex crimes are committed against them.
Below is my comment on the abduction of an 11-year old girl in Orem, Deseret News 2-6-2014.
We all know, most of the time, this is done by a repeat offender.
Do you (all) agree this change in policy could protect society and not violate constitutional law?
This message was sent to the courts, UAG, Utah Senate and Utah House member for consideration.