A South Jordan man has been accused of breaking into the homes of teenage girls and attempting to sexually molest them.
Joel Quinn, 47, has been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse, according to documents filed in 3rd Circuit Court.Police said Quinn, an engineer with a heavy-equipment company, is being investigated in other break-ins in which a man fondled teenage girls or himself in their presence during the past three years in Sandy, unincorporated Salt Lake County and Alpine.
Quinn surrendered himself Wednesday to Sandy Detective Mark James and was arraigned before 3rd Circuit Judge Dennis M. Fuchs. A roll-call hearing was set for Jan. 10 before Judge Floyd H. Gowans, and Quinn was booked into the Salt Lake County jail.
Charges filed by the Salt Lake County sheriff's office accuse Quinn of entering a home on June 23, by prying the screen from a window.
At about 3 a.m., a 15-year-old girl sleeping in the home awoke to see a man wearing only a T-shirt standing by her bed, sheriff's reports said.
The man told her to be quiet and then jumped on the bed and grabbed her hands, the reports said. When the girl broke loose and screamed, the man dove out through a window screen, detectives said.
Charges filed by Sandy police allege Quinn entered a home on Sept. 13 and went to the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl.
The girl awoke about 1 a.m. to see a naked man sitting on the floor beside her bed, police reports said.
When the man stood up and began fondling himself, the girl kicked him and he ran upstairs and fled out the front door.
Both girls identified Quinn in a lineup, court documents said.
Also on Sept. 13, a naked man appeared in the bedrooms of two other 16-year-old Sandy area girls.
About 10 minutes after the last break-in, police stopped Quinn in the area driving a pickup truck. Police released Quinn after questioning him about the break-ins and booking several items as evidence.