Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced Monday that a team of officers – including agents from Adult Probation and Parole – conducted an online sting operation that led to the arrest of 13 men suspected of being sexual predators.
“The good news is that no children were harmed,” said Reyes during a press conference Monday, May 20, at the state capitol. “The bad news is that we have evidence the problem is becoming more pervasive.”
Two AP&P agents are assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which conducted the operation. The agents participate in the program in addition to their roles with the Utah Department of Corrections.
“The agents assigned to ICAC have a caseload of sex offenders, so they are well versed in these types of crimes,” said Spencer Turley, Regional Administrator for AP&P’s Region III. Turley represented the department at the press conference.
In total, the 13 suspects face 48 counts related to the case, including 21 first-degree felony counts. The charges were filed in Utah County.
Public Information Office, May 21, 2019