WASHINGTON CITY — A 23-year-old Washington County man has been arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a teen girl at a party.

The Washington City Police Department recently became the fourth department in Southern Utah to earn accreditation from the Utah Chiefs of Police Association, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 11, 2023 | Photo by Haven Scott, St. George News

Jonathan Ray McLaughlan, of Washington City, was arrested Thursday and charged Friday in 5th District Court with rape, a first-degree felony; and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony.

On Jan. 12, a girl under the age of 16 went to a party with a friend. While she was in the bathroom washing her hands, the girl told investigators that McLaughlan walked in.

“She stated that once inside that he shut the door behind him. She stated that he then propositioned her for sex. She stated that she told him no. She stated that he then attempted to offer money, and she stated that she told him that she did not want to have sex with him,” according to a police booking affidavit.

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Written by PAT REAVY, KSL.com.

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