Utah corrections official accused of trying to lure teen for sex

Nov 8, 2021, 8:35 PM
hire more police officers...
FILE: An Orem police vehicle is pictured in Orem on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

OREM, Utah — A captain with the Utah Department of Corrections faces serious charges after Orem police say he tried to entice a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex. 

Victor Smith, 55 of Eagle Mountain, is currently on administrative leave from the state prison. 

In a probable cause statement, Orem police said Smith used an internet app to arrange the meeting. They said he allegedly used language that indicated he believed the person he was messaging was indeed underage. 

“Defendant discussed possibly meeting on Friday, November 5, and stated ‘but you’ll have school I assume,’ showing his knowledge of the potential victim’s age,” police wrote in the document. 

Police argued that Smith, whose first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, should be held without bail because of his position in law enforcement. They also pointed out comments he made that suggested a pattern of behavior. 

“In his chats SMITH told the person he believes to be a child that ‘last week’ he solicited someone using the internet for sex and that ‘today [he] was supposed to meet a (way younger) girl,'” investigators wrote in the probable cause statement. “This appears to be an ongoing pattern of behavior which increases the Defendant’s level of danger to the community.”

Smith faces charges of attempted sodomy on a child, a 1st-degree felony, and enticing a minor by internet or text, a 2nd-degree felony. 

In a statement, the Utah Department of Corrections confirmed Smith’s leave from the prison. 

“…we are aware of Vic Smith’s arrest,” the department said in a statement. “This behavior is not tolerated and swift action will be taken starting with the placement of Mr. Smith on administrative leave this past Saturday.” 

Read more: 

Today’s Top Stories


FILE - Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket in March, is l...
The Associated Press

Colorado supermarket shooting suspect incompetent for trial

A judge on Friday ordered 22-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa to be treated at the state mental hospital to see if he can be made well enough to face prosecution.
1 day ago
Taylorsville shooting...
Kate Davis

Officers recovering from Taylorsville shooting, police union asks why it happened

Officers involved in the Taylorsville shooting are recovering, but a police union asks why it was allowed to happen in the first place.
1 day ago
A well wisher kneels to pray at a memorial on the sign of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wedn...
The Associated Press

Charges weighed for Michigan shooting suspect’s parents

A prosecutor considering criminal charges against the parents of a boy accused of killing four students at a Michigan school says their actions went “far beyond negligence”.
2 days ago
Two police officers are injured and a suspect dead in a shootout Wednesday night in Taylorsville.  ...
Mark Jackson and Eliza Craig

Two officers injured and a suspect dead in a Taylorsville shootout

Police say the suspect accused of wounding two West Valley City officers in a Taylorsville shootout died after being taken to the hospital.
2 days ago
youtuber insurance fraud...
Paul Nelson

Popular southern Utah YouTuber charged with insurance fraud

Matt Wetzel, the YouTuber charged with insurance fraud, has over 800 thousand subscribers to his channel "Matt's Off-Road Recovery."
3 days ago
ogden bank robber...
Eliza Craig

Police: Accused Ogden bank robber fled scene on FrontRunner

Police in Ogden say a suspected bank robber fled their city using FrontRunner, but was located and stopped with help from other agencies.
3 days ago
Utah corrections official accused of trying to lure teen for sex