DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a burglar who entered the second-story window of a Stonegate home and apparently fondled an 8-year-old girl as she slept.

The girl’s father said he was showering around 5 a.m. Friday before leaving for work, when his daughter burst into the bathroom, panicked and scared, saying a strange man had just fled her room.

He said he jumped from the shower, yelled for his wife to call police and headed into his daughter’s bedroom, expecting to confront the man, but instead found her window screen cast onto the roof at the foot of her window. Investigators later found the screen had been sliced, he said.

The girl said she was awakened by an unknown male who was touching her inappropriately, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. She described him as a white male with brown hair and weighing about 140 to 180 pounds.

“We do believe that an unknown person entered the house through an open window and fondled this girl,” said Cocha Heyden, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

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