A Tooele man is facing court charges for allegedly molesting his young daughter.
According to a probable cause statement, an elementary school principal told an officer from the Tooele City Police Department last Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl said her father had touched her inappropriately the week before.
The Transcript-Bulletin is not identifying the 41-year-old man in effort to protect the identity of the victim.
When the officer interviewed her, the girl said that her father had asked her to come into his bedroom to talk about Christmas plans, but then shut the door and whispered to her that if she told anyone what he was going to do, “he would kill all of her pets, take her to the mountain and drop her off then tell her mom she ran away,” according to the probable cause statement.
The girl told officers the man inappropriately touched her on her chest and lower abdomen, exposed his genitals to her, and told her she should try having sex because she was not yet able to get pregnant, at which time the girl left the room, according to the probable cause statement,
The officer met with the girl’s younger sister, who said her father also asked her to go into his bedroom to talk about Christmas plans, but she declined, according to the statement. She did see her older sister go into the bedroom and the door shut behind them, and then saw her sister come out about five minutes later and told her that their father had touched her inappropriately, according to the probable cause statement.
After the officer had interviewed both girls, the man was taken to the police station, where he agreed to be interviewed, according to the statement. There, he denied touching his daughter inappropriately, according to the statement, but told the officer he did talk with his daughter on the day of the alleged activity about artificial insemination and how reproductive material can be frozen for later use.
The officer arrested him and booked him into the Tooele County Detention Facility. The man was charged Thursday with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.