Three individuals were apprehended in a collaborative operation conducted by the Lehi City Police Department, FBI, Homeland Security, State Bureau of Investigations, and other task force officers. The operation involved law enforcement officers posing as minors in online chatrooms. The objective was to identify and apprehend individuals seeking to arrange secret meetings with minors.
In one case, a man believed to be around 60 years old was arrested after setting up a meeting with an undercover detective posing as a minor. He has been booked into jail on charges of enticement of a minor and dealing in harmful materials.
Another case involved a suspect attempting to arrange a meeting with a young child in exchange for money. The parent, who was actually an undercover agent, agreed to the payment and arranged a meeting with the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody at the meeting location and has been booked into Utah County Jail on charges of attempted sodomy of a child and enticement of a minor.
The third arrest occurred when an adult man engaged in conversation with an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old child. The conversation progressed, leading to a meeting being arranged. The suspect was arrested on charges of attempted rape of a child, enticement of a minor, attempted sodomy of a child, and dealing in harmful materials.
The Lehi City Police Department expressed gratitude for the partnership with the involved agencies and the dedicated individuals forming the task force. They emphasized their commitment to hosting similar operations in the future to protect children from online predators.
Parents were encouraged to have conversations with their children about online safety to aid in the fight against online predators.
It is important to note that all arrested individuals are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Charges are allegations only.