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A West Valley man, charged in connection with a string of sexual assaults in Salt Lake City's Avenues area, will undergo mental evaluation before facing a preliminary hearing Aug. 14.

Jack C. Keenan, 31, was charged last week in 3rd Circuit Court with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of aggravated burglary in connection with assaults that occurred in the Avenues during the past 18 months.Keenan's attorney on Tuesday asked Judge Philip K. Palmer to extend the preliminary hearing date until Keenan could be evaluated.

Police arrested him June 17 during a surveillance operation when officers saw a man coming out of some bushes and spying on someone at Third Avenue and P Street.

Keenan admitted sexually assaulting one woman and raping two others when questioned by police following the arrest, according to documents filed in 3rd Circuit Court.