Accused voyeur ‘knew what he was doing was wrong,’ Lehi mother says


Stephanie Davis tears up as she talks in Lehi on Friday a couple of man accused of victimizing her son who retains getting arrested, charged after which deemed incompetent to face trial. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Information)

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LEHI — Stephanie Davis and her husband had simply gone down the road to run an errand and have been away from dwelling for 20 to half-hour when their 7-year-old son known as her in a panic.

“He’s screaming. He’s completely hysterical. He stated, ‘Mother, somebody is right here to kidnap me. I am getting kidnapped.’ And he is simply screaming,” Davis recalled.

She and her husband rushed dwelling and located their son was OK, however they could not see anybody else within the space. They then checked their doorbell digicam and have been shocked by what they noticed: A person was watching their son first via a damaged slat within the window blinds after which via the window within the door.

The person was shirtless and carrying a gown and tapped on the window to get the boy’s consideration.

Police later decided that it was 27-year-old Jonathan Jareth Soberanis. He didn’t get into their dwelling and the boy was not bodily harmed. Soberanis was charged earlier this month with two counts of voyeurism, a category A misdemeanor and a category B misdemeanor.

However as Davis quickly discovered, this wasn’t the primary time Soberanis had been accused of voyeurism or inappropriate habits with youngsters.

“I did not know who he was till KSL.com posted an article after his arrest. And I bear in mind the case on the Legacy Middle as a result of it was so near dwelling that I used to be, like, ‘Now we have to be additional on guard as a result of this man is shut,'” she stated.

Stephanie Davis shows doorbell video in Lehi on Friday of a man charged with peeping on her young son. The man keeps getting arrested, charged and then deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Stephanie Davis reveals doorbell video in Lehi on Friday of a person charged with peeping on her younger son. The person retains getting arrested, charged after which deemed incompetent to face trial. (Photograph: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Information)

In June, Soberanis was charged with voyeurism, lewdness involving a toddler and illegal detention of a minor after police say he went into a rest room stall on the Lehi Legacy Middle, 123 N. Middle Avenue, and uncovered himself to a 5-year-old boy. However the fees have been dropped in August after 4th District Choose Christine Johnson decided that he was not competent to face trial and was unable to be restored to competency.

Soberanis was additionally charged in 2018 and 2019 in separate circumstances of lewdness involving a toddler. In a kind of circumstances, he was accused of exposing himself to a 9-year-old boy who was in a restroom on the Outlets at South City in Sandy. Each of these circumstances have been additionally dismissed after it was decided that he was not competent to face trial.

In his newest case, Soberanis is accused of wanting into the home windows of two residences on three separate events.

Davis stated after the incident at her home on Jan. 11, she talked to neighbors to see if they’d had anybody peer into their home windows, too. She discovered that some youngsters within the neighborhood had allegedly seen Soberanis standing within the window of his townhome — which is close to Davis — watching them whereas carrying solely boxers.

She then began movies recorded over the earlier days on her doorbell digicam.

“Certain sufficient, on the seventh and the ninth, I catch him peeping in my home windows and he is carrying a masks,” Davis stated.

She then known as her sister-in-law, who lives a number of doorways away, and requested her to examine her previous movies. On Jan. 7, Soberanis was recorded peeping into the sister-in-law’s unit.

“A couple of minutes later he is again carrying a masks and a gown. After which he peeps of their window for a second after which he walks down the trail. After which my digicam picks him up. And from there he comes again a number of days,” Davis stated.

Stephanie Davis talks in Lehi on Friday about a man charged with peeping on her son who keeps getting arrested, charged and then deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Stephanie Davis talks in Lehi on Friday a couple of man charged with peeping on her son who retains getting arrested, charged after which deemed incompetent to face trial. (Photograph: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Information)

On Jan. 11, the day that Soberanis allegedly tapped on Davis’ window to get her son’s consideration, Davis retrieved doorbell video footage that she says seems to point out him ready for Davis and her husband to go away.

“He walks down and he peeks across the nook. Within the video, we will clearly see he peeks across the nook to see if my husband’s truck is parked the place it is normally at. So he was seeking to see if the truck was there,” she stated.

In response to Utah legislation, for an individual to be competent to face trial in court docket, that defendant should be capable to perceive the costs or allegations towards her or him, be capable to talk with their lawyer and be capable to help of their protection and authorized methods, and perceive the doable penalties.

Primarily based on what she noticed within the movies, Davis believes Soberanis knew what he was doing was improper and that he’d get in bother if he have been caught.

“Completely. It proves it within the video,” she stated. “Simply the truth that he did not have his face coated and he was carrying regular garments after which he runs again into (his) dwelling and, no joke, inside 5 minutes he is again out carrying a gown and a surgical masks. He knew what he was doing was improper.

“My son screamed and he was scared, and (Soberanis) ran. If he was incompetent he would not have run as a result of he would not have identified he was doing one thing improper. He would not have gone and coated his face,” Davis stated.

This photo of Jonathan Jareth Soberanis was taken as he left a bathroom at a Sandy mall by the mother of a young boy after police say Soberanis exposed himself to the child in 2018.
This photograph of Jonathan Jareth Soberanis was taken as he left a rest room at a Sandy mall by the mom of a younger boy after police say Soberanis uncovered himself to the kid in 2018. (Photograph: Sandy police)

KSL.com reached out to the Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace and requested whether or not prosecutors consider Soberanis will once more be discovered incompetent to face trial.

In a ready assertion, County Lawyer David Leavitt stated, “The Utah County Lawyer’s Workplace makes use of each legal fees and civil efforts to maintain the neighborhood secure. Mr. Soberanis was deemed not competent and nonrestorable (in his prior case) by a discovering from the legal court docket. When these fees have been dismissed, our workplace initiated the choice of requesting civil dedication. The method and the choice of whether or not Mr. Soberanis is launched to the neighborhood is decided by the Division of Companies for Folks with Disabilities. We’ll proceed to make use of the entire instruments obtainable to us for any further incidents involving Mr. Soberanis.”

In response to the Utah Division of Human Companies’ Division of Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being’s web site, “Civil dedication is a authorized course of via which a person with signs of extreme psychological sickness is court-ordered into remedy in a hospital (inpatient), or locally (outpatient).”

A name positioned to Soberanis’ protection lawyer for his present case was not returned.

Officers talked to the proprietor of the townhouse the place Soberanis was staying and have been instructed that Soberanis “was briefly dwelling with him as a result of he’s mentally disabled and desires a caretaker,” in response to a police reserving affidavit.

Following the incident on Jan. 11, as Davis was looking for out what occurred, she met Soberanis and his caretaker. Davis stated it is obvious that Soberanis has a incapacity. However she believes he additionally poses a public threat, particularly to youngsters.

“I do not consider he deserves jail. I’ve compassion for him,” she stated whereas including, “I do not consider he deserves to be out within the public. He must be away. He must be someplace the place he can heal, far-off from youngsters.”

Principally Davis desires to make it possible for Soberanis, who’s now longer dwelling close to her, is not left unsupervised once more to proceed his habits.

“I simply need somebody to be accountable. I really feel just like the packages he is in, his caretakers, the state, whoever is in cost — I do not know, I haven’t got that data. … Someone is accountable for him not having 24-7 surveillance. He must have any person with him to insure he isn’t hurting youngsters.

“He wants actual assist. He has urges and he would not know the right way to management them. They usually escalated inside three days from him wanting in my window as soon as to knocking on my window making an attempt to get my son,” Davis stated earlier than pausing to gather herself after which quietly persevering with.

“He needed to harm my son.”

Soberanis’ subsequent court docket listening to is scheduled for March 14.

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