ALL NEWS

Salt Lake City IT employee arrested, accused of working with human trafficker

Oct 21, 2021, 10:58 AM | Updated: 11:30 am
salt lake city police south temple gas scare...
SLCPD has activated and OICI following the death of a suspect while in police custody. FILE: KSL TV

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police in coordination with the Utah Attorney General’s office have arrested a Salt Lake City IT employee on Wednesday under the suspicion they worked with a Bountiful man recently charged with human trafficking.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a statement Thursday morning. 

“While I cannot comment directly on this ongoing investigation, I will say I am deeply troubled by the circumstances and information surrounding the arrest of a Salt Lake City Corporation IMS employee.”

The accused is 50-year-old Patrick Kevin Driscoll who is an Information Management Services (IMS) employee for Salt Lake City.

Driscoll was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of two counts of computer crimes, obstructing justice, exploiting prostitution, aiding prostitution, and theft.

Police documents said that Driscoll admitted to using his IT position to access secure Salt Lake City databases from his home.

Police believe Driscoll is an associate of Michael Joe Ricks. KSL.com’s Pat Reavy reported earlier this month, that Ricks was charged with 15 felonies and misdemeanors, including two counts of aggravated human trafficking for forced sexual exploitation and two counts of aggravated exploitation of prostitution.

Driscoll was served a search warrant. After searching Driscoll’s home, agents reported finding “electronic storage devices which contained confidential files, including sensitive law enforcement data.”

During the investigation into Ricks’ alleged crimes, a woman reported that she had been exploited by Driscoll. She claimed Driscoll would provide information to Ricks in exchange for sexual acts by sex workers such as the woman who made the report. 

Police allege that Driscoll would provide the names of undercover officers who were specifically involved in investigating human trafficking in the area and police operations information in areas Ricks conducted his alleged crimes.

Police are asking that Driscoll be held without bail because they, “Have spoken with police and city administrators at Salt Lake City, and there is a concern that Driscoll not only has the knowledge, but the means, to shut down all city IT services should he desire. At this junction, city officials are unsure as to the extent or depth of the files that have been accessed.”

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

plane collision...
Laura Studley, CNN

‘Multiple casualties’ reported after two planes collide over California airport, authorities say

Two planes collided as they approached a California airport Thursday afternoon. Emergency personnel said there were multiple casualties.
1 day ago
Utah Republicans are looking to ban transgender surgeries and other hormone-based care....
Mark Jones

Senate confirms John Valentine as chair of Utah State Tax Commission

John Valentine was confirmed by the Utah State Senate on Thursday to serve as chair of the Utah State Tax Commission. He has served in that role since 2014.
1 day ago
The brilliant colors of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic hot spring are among the park...
The Associated Press

Part of a foot, in a shoe, spotted in Yellowstone hot spring

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are investigating after a park employee spotted part of a foot, in a shoe, floating in a hot spring in the southern part of the park, officials said Thursday. Tuesday’s discovery at Abyss Pool led to the temporary closure of the West Thumb Geyser Basin […]
1 day ago
Utah capitol is picture. Leaders reacted to a leaked abortion opinion...
Chris Jacobs

Legislative committee discusses rule banning conversion therapy

Conversion therapy was a topic of discussion by a legislative committee on Thursday. The committee adjourned without making a decision one way or the other.
1 day ago
Salt lake city hit a record number of 100 degree days and the state is close to the all-time highes...
Waverly Golden

Records set for 100 degree days in SLC and flood warnings statewide

Salt lake city hit a record number of 100 degree days and the state is close to the all-time highest number of flood warnings statewide.
1 day ago
Autistic brothers drowned...
Mark Jones

Two autistic brothers with ties to Utah drown off Hawaii coast

According to their aunt, two autistic brothers drowned off of the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 11. The boys have family ties to Utah, both their parents were raised here.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Salt Lake City IT employee arrested, accused of working with human trafficker