Homeless man charged in alleged sexual assault against teen girl in hotel van

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SALT LAKE CITY — Charges have been filed against a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in a hotel transport van.

James Mahana, 51, who is listed in court documents as homeless and goes by the moniker “Lucky,” was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with attempted rape, object rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies; two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; drug possession, a third-degree felony; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.

The girl told police she met Mahana in downtown Salt Lake City earlier in the week and the two ended up hanging out on the grass near a fast-food restaurant and a hotel, according to charging documents. When security told the two they had to move, Mahana went into one of the transport vans parked at the hotel, the charges state.

The girl fell asleep. She woke up to Mahana sexually assaulting her and intimidating her by telling her “that he had killed people before,” according to charging documents. When the assault was done, Mahana made the girl take meth, the charges state.

Mahana was arrested on Wednesday. Prosecutors have requested he be held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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