ROY -- A 47-year-old man who police say sat naked in a junior high school girls' locker room is now facing felony charges because he was convicted of similar crimes in the past.
Brian Richard Lee was booked into Weber County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of felony lewdness and burglary, said Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham.
"Eight times prior to (Tuesday), he was convicted of misdemeanor lewdness," Whinham said Wednesday.
"All eight were inside of schools, and they involved sexual things to have innocent female students walk in and find him."
Police say Lee, of Sunset, was found naked in the girls' locker room at Sandridge Junior High School around 3 p.m. Tuesday, after most students had gone home, but while after-school athletic teams were at practice.
An adult female track coach noticed Lee, who had reportedly taken off his clothes and was touching himself inappropriately.
She got the male track coach, who chased a now-clothed Lee. The foot chase ended about two blocks west of the school, where the coach caught Lee and held him until police arrived.
Whinham said the eight other instances involving Lee that have occurred since 1992 have been nearly identical: He would go into a girls' locker room, often naked or partially clothed, and wait -- sometimes for several hours -- for students to arrive after dance recitals, sports contests or other activities.
"He continually is striking against young people in the community in a deviant way," Whinham said.
Court records indicate Lee pleaded guilty in 1992 to criminal trespassing and two counts of lewdness in Roy. He pleaded guilty to similar charges in 2004 in Layton and in 2008 in Salt Lake County.
According to media reports, Lee was spotted in October 2008 at Brighton High School in the girls' shower during a dance recital. In February 2007, he was caught in the girls' shower at Orion Junior High School. In December of that year, he was caught in the locker room at a Davis High School girls' basketball game.
But before Tuesday's arrest, Lee had never been charged with more than a misdemeanor, so he never had to list himself as a registered sex offender, Whinham said.
Legislation was passed in 2008 with Lee in mind after his repeated offenses never yielded more punishment than a misdemeanor charge, Whinham said.
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, sponsored the bill, which allows repeat lewd offenders to be charged with a felony.
Whinham said he spoke with Ray, who is currently traveling in China, and Ray said he was pleased that the law will be applied to Lee.
Whinham said Lee also was booked on burglary charges in Tuesday's incident because he entered a building with the intention of committing a crime. He said the police department will do everything it can to get a harsher penalty for the repeat offender.