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Police seeking man who assaulted 8-year-old Kearns girl
First Published Jun 12 2014 06:38 pm • Last Updated Jun 12 2014 09:14 pm

Authorities are looking for a man pretending to be a police officer who sexually assaulted a Kearns girl.

Two 8-year-old girls were approached by the man at 1:45 p.m. Monday while walking in the 4980 block of Pieper Boulevard (4980 West), according to Detective Ken Hansen of the Unified Police Department. The man said he was a police officer and when asked by one of the girls why he wasn’t wearing a uniform, he said that made it easier for him to catch "bad guys."

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The man told the children he was concerned for their safety and would walk them home, Hansen said. He said that after walking a short distance, the man told one of the girls to go home.

A few minutes later, he threw the other girl over a fence into a small field by railroad tracks, jumped the fence and assaulted her, Hansen said. The man then fled, and the girl walked home.

The suspect is described as a young, white man with bushy, brown hair, blue or green eyes and a scar on one of the corners of his mouth. He was wearing blue pajama-style pants and might have been seen in a "shiny" red car with "shiny" wheels just before he approached the girls.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Unified Police Department tip line at 385-GOT-TIPS (385-468-8477).


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