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 house for 20 to half-hour when their 7-year-old son referred to 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 house and located their son was OK, however they could not see anybody else within the space. They then checked their doorbell digital camera 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 house 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 conduct with youngsters.
“I did not know who he was till KSL.com posted an article after his arrest. And I keep in mind the case on the Legacy Middle as a result of it was so near house that I used to be, like, ‘We’ve to be additional on guard as a result of this man is shut,'” she stated.
In June, Soberanis was charged with voyeurism, lewdness involving a toddler and illegal detention of a minor after police say he went into a toilet stall on the Lehi Legacy Middle, 123 N. Middle Road, and uncovered himself to a 5-year-old boy. However the costs have been dropped in August after 4th District Decide 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 type 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 digital camera.
“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 referred to as her sister-in-law, who lives a couple of doorways away, and requested her to test 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 digital camera picks him up. And from there he comes again a number of days,” Davis stated.
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 indicate 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 often at. So he was seeking to see if the truck was there,” she stated.
In keeping with Utah legislation, for an individual to be competent to face trial in courtroom, that defendant should have the ability to perceive the costs or allegations towards her or him, have the ability to talk with their legal professional and have the ability to help of their protection and authorized methods, and perceive the potential penalties.
Based mostly on what she noticed within the movies, Davis believes Soberanis knew what he was doing was mistaken and that he’d get in hassle 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) house and, no joke, inside 5 minutes he is again out carrying a gown and a surgical masks. He knew what he was doing was mistaken.
“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 mistaken. He would not have gone and coated his face,” Davis stated.
KSL.com reached out to the Utah County Legal professional’s Workplace and requested whether or not prosecutors consider Soberanis will once more be discovered incompetent to face trial.
In a ready assertion, County Legal professional David Leavitt stated, “The Utah County Legal professional’s Workplace makes use of each felony costs and civil efforts to maintain the group secure. Mr. Soberanis was deemed not competent and nonrestorable (in his prior case) by a discovering from the felony courtroom. When these costs 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 group is decided by the Division of Providers for Folks with Disabilities. We’ll proceed to make use of all the instruments accessible to us for any extra incidents involving Mr. Soberanis.”
In keeping with the Utah Division of Human Providers’ 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 legal professional for his present case was not returned.
Officers talked to the proprietor of the townhouse the place Soberanis was staying and have been advised that Soberanis “was briefly residing with him as a result of he’s mentally disabled and desires a caretaker,” based on 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 danger, 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 guarantee that Soberanis, who’s now longer residing close to her, is not left unsupervised once more to proceed his conduct.
“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 info. … Any individual is accountable for him not having 24-7 surveillance. He must have someone with him to insure he isn’t hurting youngsters.
“He wants actual assist. He has urges and he would not know easy methods 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 wished to harm my son.”
Soberanis’ subsequent courtroom listening to is scheduled for March 14.