UTAH

Over a dozen men arrested in online enticement sting

May 20, 2019, 7:02 PM | Updated: May 21, 2019, 5:35 am
FILE - Jessica Farnsworth, commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, left, and ...
FILE - Jessica Farnsworth, commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, left, and Leo Lucey, chief of investigations for the Utah Attorney General's Office, right, speak at a press conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Thirteen people were arrested last week, and more arrests are expected following an undercover operation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

UTAH STATE CAPITOL – Thirteen men from all over Utah are arrested during an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force sting.  Investigators say they all thought they were going to meet minors for sex, but they were talking with agents, all along.

“The good news is that no children were actually harmed,” according to Attorney General Sean Reyes.

However, he says the bad news is that there has been an incredibly high number of calls coming in about children either being enticed or abused by people they’ve met online.  He believes the summer break is a good time for parents to talk with kids about the dangers of meeting strangers.

“We need to know as best as we can what our children are browsing, surfing, posting, pinning, texting or chatting.  I know that’s a lot harder than it sounds,” he says, adding, “I want to underscore that very good sites and good businesses could be exploited by devious predators.”

Utah County hosted the sting, but, ICAC Task Force Commander Jessica Farnsworth believes they would have had the same results no matter where it happened.

The suspects include:

Timothy Lavell Dickerson, Taylorsville

Steven Bruce Holmberg, Springville

Tysen Aric Toone, Orem

Tylor Normand Berube, Layton

Matias Ignacio Kandalaft-Ruminot, Orem

Lehi Spencer Santiago-Lastra, Provo

Kelly Glen Herring, Magna

Jared Richard Park, Provo

Carlos Portillo, Provo

Alberto Andrade, Provo

Adam Peter Friel, Provo

Between them, they’re facing 48 counts, overall.

Officials from ICAC say this year has been extremely bad in terms of the amount of child pornography and the number of people trying to solicit minors online.  Farnsworth says there were 916 referrals from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to 226 arrests.

“To put it in perspective, in the last three months, we have received 807 referrals from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” she says, adding, “There have been 121 children that have suffered being sexually abused in the last three months.”

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

...
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
23 hours ago
Police car sirens....
Mark Jones

Two people are in critical condition following two-vehicle car crash

Washington City Police report two people were injured following a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred around 4 pm.
23 hours ago
Lina Reyes Geddes, of Youngstown, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a 1998 homicide cold c...
Mark Jones

Garfield County cold case homicide is brought to a close

Authorities in Utah and Ohio announced Wednesday the closure of a Garfield County cold case that dates back to April 20, 1998.
23 hours ago
CDC reports monkeypox cases....
Waverly Golden

CDC confirms five monkeypox cases in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a total of five monkeypox cases in Utah, earlier this morning. According to the Utah Department of Health, four of the cases are located in Salt Lake County and one in Utah County. On Tuesday, the total number of cases statewide […]
23 hours ago
Rockfall along Zion-Mt Carmel Highway...
Waverly Golden

A rockfall briefly closes highway through Zion National Park

This morning a rockfall happened on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway, it has since been cleared by maintenance crews. No injuries or damages were reported.
23 hours ago
Jeff Gray is pictured. Photo credit: Jeff Gray Campaign Facebook page....
Lindsay Aerts and Samantha Herrera

Jeff Gray to bring back death penalty after becoming presumptive next Utah County Attorney

In the race for Utah County Attorney, prosecutor Jeff Gray beat incumbent David Leavitt and is expected to take office in January.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Over a dozen men arrested in online enticement sting