Man charged with assaulting 17-year-old

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) —Police are saying a teenage girl did the right thing when they say a date turned into an assault.

“A date isn’t promising you’ll do anything in exchange for the date. A date is a date to get to know someone and find out if you like each other and want to go out again,” said Lona Trombley with St. George Police.

St. George Police say the quick thinking 17-year-old girl did the smart thing while on a date in a movie theater.

“The male ended up exposing himself to her while in the movie theater. Being uncomfortable and scared she thought quickly and asked to go to the bathroom, and instead of getting in the car, she was worried that things would escalate in the car, she went into the restroom and she called her parents, who contacted police and responded to the scene,” said Trombley.

23-year-old Jonathan Barajas-Hernandez was arrested at Main Street Theater after Police say he admitted to touching the girl, exposing himself, and asking her to perform a sex act while in the theater.  He is charged with lewdness and forcible sex abuse.

“Just because you’re on a date with someone doesn’t mean that you can’t end it once you start getting uncomfortable or scared or any reason,” said Trombley.

St. George Police want people to understand that they can say no and take action in situations that make them uncomfortable.

“There’s nothing to be embarrassed of if someone is doing something to you that you don’t like. That’s nothing against you, and there behavior is what needs to be addressed,” said Trombley. 

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