DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Police claimed 67-year old John R. Seymour has a history with offering treats to small children.
Friday, Draper police arrested Seymour at his basement home after the mother of a four-year old found him with her daughter.
According to a police report, the mother could not find her daughter and began looking for her. Seymour rents a basement apartment from that family.
She told police her daughter under supervision would often give him the mail that came to the family mailbox.
“John will reward her with candy,” the Draper police report said.
Police said the mother lost track of her child for about ten minutes and began looking for her. She eventually began knocking on Seymour’s basement door according to the police report.
“Just a minute,” Seymour allegedly told the mother according to the report.
The mother “forced” her way into the basement when Seymour delayed opening the door.
“She (mother) observed (daughter) with her pants and underwear off with candy in her hand,” the police report said.
The mother, according to police, then asked Seymour why her daughter’s pants were off.
“She took off her pants and I don’t know why,” Seymour allegedly responded.
The mother left the basement apartment with her daughter and notified police.
Seymour was arrested Friday. A background check on Seymour gave police more information a out two other possible cases involving Seymour.
The Division of Child and Family Services filed a “red tag incident” and high priority incident against Seymour. He’s accused of sexually abusing a child in West Jordan.
The police report also showed that there was a previous complaint against Seymour in Draper City. The report stated that he “was giving brownies to a 4-year old female who was alone in the city park with no adult supervision.”
According to the police report that case was closed because no crime had been committed.
Seymour was arrested for sex abuse of a child and child kidnapping. He is currently in the Salt Lake Metro Jail.
Draper police said this is a reminder for parents and/or grandparents to talk with young children about the need for taking extreme caution when coming across strangers.
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