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Kearns man charged in assaults on 3 girls

An 18-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted three school girls last week was charged in 3rd District Court on Monday.

The girls, ages 9, 9 and 10, were playing at the playground outside West Kearns Elementary School, 4900 S. 4620 West, when the man approached them, allegedly touched them inappropriately and then threatened them with a knife if they were to tell anyone, according to court documents.

The man, Zeus Ron Weikel, of Kearns, admitted to police he wanted to "play with" the girls, according to court documents. He is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies, and three counts of aggravated assault, all third-degree felonies.

Weikel was arrested Friday after being spotted by one of the girls' fathers. He is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $150,000 bail.