Man allegedly strips in town

Clark resident reportedly enters business, fondles woman

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A 30-year-old Clark man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of breaking into a Steamboat Springs office, stripping and then fondling a woman.

In an interview with police, the man said he snuck into the woman's place of work, took off his clothes, approached her from behind and began to fondle her, according to police reports. The woman previously had obtained a restraining order against him.

The woman was able to escape from the man and contacted police. Minutes after the incident occurred, the man turned himself in at the Routt County Jail, police said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, second-degree burglary, false imprisonment, criminal mischief and violation of a protection order.

The incident began at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The woman said that while she was checking her voice mail at her desk, a man reached around her chair and rubbed her breasts, police said.

She turned around and saw the man was naked. She started screaming, and told the man to put his clothes on and leave her office immediately, police said.

The woman told police she tried to run out of the room but the man grabbed her and would not let her leave. The man than started rubbing his body against hers and began to fondle her again.

The woman was able to escape the man's grasp and locked herself in another office, where she called police. The man left the building while she placed the call.

Minutes later, the man turned himself into the Routt County Jail, where Steamboat Springs police officers interviewed him. During the interview, the man admitted to entering the woman's office, hiding and taking off his clothes. He admitted that he fondled the woman and grabbed her arm.

He told police that he knew what he did was wrong and that he was infatuated with the victim, according to police reports.

The 30-year-old man pleaded guilty in a 2003 incident in which he exposed himself to a woman at a laundry mat in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza. The man was placed on two years' probation and then sentenced to six months in jail after violating probation.

The man remains at the Routt County Jail on a $50,000 bond in connection with Wednesday's arrest.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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