Girl, 14, Says Man Followed her, Touched her Inappropriately

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Garrett Roland Courtesy: Turlock Police Department


A man is under arrest after allegedly propositioning a teen girl and inappropriately touching her as she walked home.

Thursday morning, a 14-year-old girl was walking home in Turlock when she was approached by Garrett Roland. Roland asked her if she wanted to have sex, she said no and continued walking.

The girl says Roland followed behind her, and at one point he touched her inappropriately. She told Turlock Police, who searched the area of Minaret Avenue.

Roland was found hiding behind a building at the E Cademy Charter school. He was booked into jail for sexual battery, annoying or molesting a child and trespassing on school grounds.

According to Turlock Police, they have received similar reports this year. They followed up with the earlier victims after Roland’s arrest, but they did not identify him as the assailant in those incidents.

Officers recommend students walk in groups.