WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 68-year-old man has been charged with four counts of first-degree felony aggravated sex abuse of a child from incidents involving pre-teen girls at a home in West Jordan 20 years ago.
According to charging documents, two women have come forward saying Dennis Townsend sexually assaulted them when they were 11-12 years old. Both victims told police the incidents happened when they were staying the night at the suspects house from approximately 1999 to 2001.
One of the women said when she was 11, she was sleeping over at Townsend’s home when she got up to get a glass of water. Townsend then told her to come lay down with him behind a couch. When she did, he started to inappropriately touch her all over her body and grabbed her hand to touch him.
The girl got upset and ran to another girl who was at the home and told her what happened and to call her parents because she wanted to go home. Townsend tried to stop them from calling her parents but the young girl started yelling, which awoke others inside the home. The victim was then taken to her parents, who did not call the police.
Police interviewed the other woman who was the young girl at the home when it happened and she corroborated the victims account. She also told police when she was 11-12 years old and she was staying the night at Townsends home, she awoke to him placing his hands under her clothing and sexually assaulting her.
Townsend was arrested and released on $100,000 bail ($10,000 bond).