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4:47 PM, Apr 14, 2011   |    comments
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ROW, Utah (NBC) -- A Utah man who police say has been arrested eight times since 1992 for sneaking into girls' locker rooms was arrested for the ninth time Tuesday.

This time, the man could face felony charges because of recent legislation made specifically with him in mind.

Brian Richard Lee, 47, was arrested after administrators at Sandridge Junior High in Roy say they found him naked in the girls' locker room.

It's the ninth time in eight different schools that Lee has been caught committing a lewd act in a school locker room, according to police.

About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said Lee snuck into the locker room and waited for members of the track team to complete their practice.

A coach who was in her office spotted Lee, who was completely naked, Whinham said.

As the coach started yelling for help, Lee threw on his clothes and ran out of the locker room.

Several other faculty members and administrators chased after him.

They cornered Lee outside the school on the soccer field, between the junior high and the high school and were able to keep him contained until officers arrived.

This time, Whinham said he believes Lee will face felony lewdness charges because of a law passed specifically with him in mind.

In 2008, because Lee continually re-offended, Utah state Representative Paul Ray sponsored a bill to allow repeat lewdness offenders to be charged with a felony.

"I am grateful for the legislation now to enhance this to a felony crime. It's clear since '92 this man has been a perpetrator on children, especially on school grounds where they should feel the safest," Whinham said.

The Roy chief said he talked on the phone Wednesday with Ray, who was traveling with Gov. Gary Herbert in China.

"He was very pleased, and he did confirm when he was pushing this legislation it was talking about this very specific man," Whinham said.

For now, Lee has been booked into the Weber County Jail for investigation of misdemeanor lewdness and misdemeanor trespassing, according to jail records.

He posted bond three hours later and was released, according to jail records.

Police will later meet with prosecutors to discuss possible charges.

Roy police were trying to establish a timeline Wednesday of exactly when Lee allegedly entered Sandridge.

"We think we caught him before he exposed himself to any juveniles," the chief said.

NBC

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