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Published: Friday, April 11 2014 2:50 p.m. MDT

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Cedar Hills, UT

I am disgusted by the supportive comments I'm reading here for this sex offender. How dare you sympathize with the suspect! I don't care if you knew him personally or not. Sexual predators are typically very respected and loved by their family and friends. It's not uncommon for people to disbelieve that their friend/family would ever do something like this, but it's even worse for you to get on here and doubt the victims or show your support for the man who did this. He's a sick individual who needs more than help. He needs to go to jail. The suspect, assuming he is proven guilty, obviously has a side to him that no one knew about. You should be showing your support for the victims, NOT the suspect. And for those who refuse to believe this just because you knew him.. shame on you.

Charlottesville, VA

The article didn't really say what evidence there is against this guy except witness statements and surveillance video. Maybe they've got something higher-res than the blurry photo that's been released. As it reads, it isn't clear what makes the police so sure.

American Fork, UT

Wow, I've had Nate as a TA for the past semester. This is pretty shocking, never would have thought he'd be one to do something like this. He's a super nice guy. Something is definitely wrong upstairs if he's indeed the one to have done those. Hopefully he gets proper help to treat that. Talk about a quick way to ruin your life though that's for sure!

Provo, UT

I've known Nate for a few years now. My wife works with his wife. From what details I've heard from the victim's side, the police are charging him because they can identify him as being near 2 of the 16 attacks. The other 14, he provided info that he wasn't anywhere nearby. Those that identified him just said he was on the track during a space of time that could implicate him as having perpetrated one of the attacks. The footage that captured him shows him running from his apartment North of New Heritage on his way to run on the indoor track. Doesn't it seem odd that the police spokesperson kept saying they are confident that he is responsible for all 16 occurrences? Why did he repeat the same idea 3 times in that quote? How can they do this to someone if 7/8 of the incidents to which he is being accused of are almost definitely not him? And the other 2 times, he was merely in the vicinity.

Only time will tell what happens.

Salt Lake City, UT

The perp, whether it is this man or not, has serious psychological problems that will only become worse unless he is apprehended and treated.

Salt Lake City, UT

The guy obviously has a problem whether he is married or not and needs some serious help. Perhaps he does need to be arrested and be forced to face his demons and do something about them. Just because he didn't rape the women doesn't mean it wasn't sexual assault and that he doesn't have some serious issues. Regular people don't just go around doing this regularly to strangers. Hopefully, he won't get off just because he is Mr. clean up america. If he gets off I can almost promise you he will have even more serious problems down the road.

Clearfield, UT

If he is working in the medical field he needs to be monitored very closely. If he has plans to pursue medical school those plans may never come to fruition. No medical school would ever admit a convicted sex offender.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

So if evicted from his apartment and banned from university property, is he still a student? I would like to know before my daughter goes to BYU in the fall.

Trumbull, CT

BYU administrators must have sufficient evidence that he is guilty of the charged offenses, or they would not have permanently banned him and evicted him. Regardless of the court outcome, these gropings etc. are violations of the BYU Code of Conduct every student agrees to.

I support BYU's actions in this matter. In CT we have the opposite situation at both public and private universities, where it appears that women are not safe from attacks and harassment at schools such as UConn and Yale.

Salt Lake City, UT

No idea how justice is served by plastering his picture on every local media source. In 5 years will the story be old enough news its not on the web in 15 different places? The dude obviously needs a lot of help.

Gilbert, AZ

This should be a slap on the wrist and training, not ruining somebody's life for brushing by a few people when he is out jogging.

Provo, UT

Laura - I don't understand what you're trying to say. How did this suddenly become an attack on the Church? It's a police matter, and any other school would have done the same, not only to protect itself but also its students. Legally, he is innocent until proven guilty but the school does not need to recognize that to ban him from their property. It is private property and they can ban whoever they want. It doesn't say that they expelled him, either, which I suspect they won't make a decision on until he is acquitted or convicted.

Provo, UT

Dr. Thom - It's more than likely that the case will be resolved by September. Either way, if he is guilty, he's not coming back to campus.

I hate to break it everybody, but there are so many "Peter Priesthoods" in this world who have done heinous things. I realize this isn't rape, but it is still very serious.

As a BYU student, and a single one at that, I often know the dark realities behind so-called Squeaky Clean RMs. Many young couples get divorced because the man is a pornography addict. Sometimes he's dishonest and becomes a salesman for certain alarm companies with dishonest reputations. There are many people who commit crime that shocks their family. Very few first time offenders do not shock their families.

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