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Girls say man molested them in pool

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A 38-year-old Utah man named James Harrison is accused of molesting four young girls in a pool at the Provo Recreation Center. He would allegedly talk to young girls to get close enough to molest them in broad daylight.
“It’s so unfortunate that you can’t take your kids to a park in a public pool and not have things like that no happen to them,” -Amy Johnson
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A 38-year-old Utah man named James Harrison is accused of molesting four young girls in a pool at the Provo Recreation Center. He would allegedly talk to young girls to get close enough to molest them in broad daylight.

A 13-year-old girl approached a life guard at the Provo Recreation Center on June 8 to reveal an older man touched her inappropriately in the swimming pool. The life guard called police and pointed them toward Harrison.

As police were talking with Harrison a second 13-year-old girl, who didn’t know the first alleged victim, came forward with a similar story.

“It’s so unfortunate that you can’t take your kids to a park in a public pool and not have things like that no happen to them,” said Amy Johnson who is a parent in Holladay.

“It saddens me because as Utahans we think of Provo as being a fairly family oriented community,” said Jennifer Moe who is a parent in Riverton.

Harrison was booked into the Utah County Jail on two counts of sexual battery. Two additional girls came forward with similar stories the following day on June 9.

“I wish I could say that it was surprising, but I can tell you this kind of crime occurs all of the time in our pools. I mean it’s not rampant, but it does occur…the Provo Recreation Center is not alone. These kinds of crimes and situations occur at other pools and other locations,” said Lt. Matt Siufanua of the Provo Police Department.

Provo Police are reminding parents to keep an open dialog with their children about sexual predators.

“I do think that our children rely on us for the bluntness and the honestly of it and I think it makes them feel more secure with us as parents when we are blunt and honest with them,” Moe said.

Siufanua suspects there are other victims who have not yet come forward. He is asking victims to call the Provo Police Department.




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