ST. GEORGE (News4 Utah) – St. George Police say a case they first notified the public about in March, has been solved and a suspect charged.
Police say the suspect harassed multiple teenage girls over two school years. The victims were Pine View High students and police say it was a quick thinking parent of one of those victims who helped police find the suspect.
“Obscene comments were made to these students to the point they both had reported this to myself and the St. George Police Department,” said Pine View High School’s Resource Officer Michael Koester.
Koester says one student was victimized three times and with each incident says she reported more details and recognized the vehicle.
“The family of the victim seen this truck out on the roadway near their residence and was able to follow it to a nearby store, where I received a phone call they were following it. I was able to get police officers over there, and we were able to identify the subject,” said Koester.
That man is 31-year-old Christopher Alder; who Washington City Fire Department confirms is a part-time firefighter. Police says Alder confessed to harassing the students in an interview. He was charged December 19th. Police say they are grateful to the students who told Officer Koester.
“Incidents like this actually highlight why it’s such an important thing to have officers at our schools. So in the event that something like this happens, or anything that makes them uncomfortable or scared, they know they have someone they can go to that can help them,” said St. George Police Spokesperson Lona Trombley.
Alder was cited and released on four charges of disorderly conduct. St. George police remind parents the importance of talking to children about what they should do in a situation like this, to discuss safe places they can run, to kick and scream if someone tries to get them into a vehicle, and to always notify police.