24-YEAR-OLD UTAH MAN ACCUSED OF SODOMIZING 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHILE TATTOOING HER
October 3, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A 24-year-old was arrested in East Carbon on Sunday after an 11-year-old girl told police he sodomized her while giving her a tattoo.
Michael Easley was booked into the Carbon County Jail and held on charges of sodomy on a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and unlawful tattooing of a minor.
Police were contacted by a concerned woman whose granddaughter said one of her friends had been sexually assaulted by Easley, according to a statement of probable cause for Easley's arrest, which was filed in 7th District Court on Sunday.
The victim reportedly told her friends that Easley played with her breast, penetrated her with his fingers, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The friends told police at least one other girl was present when the 11-year-old was believed to have been abused, according to the statement.
An officer with the East Carbon Police Department talked with the victim, who initially denied that anything happened, or that she ever went to Easley's home.
The officer then interviewed her friend, who said they were at Easley's home the night the alleged abuse occurred, and that he was giving the victim a tattoo.
After more back-and-forth with the victim and her friend, the victim eventually told the officer that she and her friend had gone to Easley's house to "smoke weed and cigarettes," the statement of probable cause reads.
"While there Michael began giving the victim a tattoo on her breast. During that time he started playing with the victim's breast ... he digitally penetrated her, and then ... made her perform oral sex on him," the officer wrote.
UPDATE (3:24 p.m. Tuesday) — Easley is no longer in Carbon County Jail custody, a jail employee confirmed to 2News. He had not yet been indicted on the charges mentioned above, said Colin Winchester, a prosecutor with the Carbon County Attorney's Office. Winchester said he asked police to collect more evidence before charges are filed. He maintained that the office intends to file charges against Easley in the case, but that more time and information was needed to insure the case is solid.
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