Man suspected of sexual assault at local business

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A Craig man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Monday after he reportedly touched a clerk at Smoker Friendly while he was purchasing goods, police said.

Police arrested a 59-year-old man in connection with the alleged incident, which was reported Sunday evening. The man was charged with third-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact.

The police report states that the clerk at the store said she was handing change back to a man when he grabbed her by the neck and touched her breast, according Craig Police Department Lt. John Forgay said. The clerk told police the man had been a customer of the store and had tried to touch her hand in the past. Officials at the store knew the man's name and provided a description to police, Forgay said. Police matched the description to a name and made an arrest soon after finding the suspect where he had been living at Trav-o-tel, Forgay said.

The store issued a trespass order against the man.

Forgay said sexual assault charges can result if it is shown that a person touched another on an intimate part of the body intentionally.

"Touching, for whatever reason, gets dismissed on some occasions," Forgay said. "People don't want to report that stuff. From a police perspective, (sexual assault) is somebody making an overt advance. The person has to be cautious, and if it's over the line, they should report it."

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031 or ahamilton@craigdailypress.com

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