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Watchman at retreat arrested, then released

A watchman accused of terrorizing 38 teenage trespassers at the former St. Anne's Retreat in Logan Canyon has been arrested and released from jail.

John Jeppson, 50, Pocatello, posted $5,000 bail Monday following his arrest at his parents' home in Providence.Warrants for the arrest of two other watchmen suspected of assisting Jeppson have been forwarded to Tooele County, where they live. They have been identified as Arthur Peasnall and Christopher Doerr, Jeppson's son-in-law.

Each has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in jail for each count.

The three watchmen are accused of ambushing trespassers, tying them together by their necks, handcuffing them and holding them at gunpoint in a swimming pool in two separate episodes Oct. 10.

"If these gentlemen had handcuffed them and secured them and stopped there, we probably wouldn't be filing charges," Wyatt said. "You're entitled to use a reasonable amount of force to protect property."