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ICAC Task Force Combats Increasing Child Sex Crimes

November 17, 2020

During 2020, online child sex crimes in Utah have increased more than 50%. From March through June 2020, ICAC received 749 cybertips, while in 2019 during the same time, ICAC received 490.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is working hard to combat these crimes.

“The number of cases that were referred to us from the first of March through the end of June are 50% more than what we saw last year at the same time. I can’t say I’ve ever seen an increase this substantial,” ICAC Special Agent Alan Conner told KSL Investigates in an interview.

Last night, KSL Investigates aired an in-depth look at the work the ICAC Task Force is doing and the crimes they are fighting. Watch the coverage here.

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ICAC Task Force Files Charges Against Man from Sandy, Utah for Possessing 8,000 Files of Child Pornography

November 12, 2020

Today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force filed charges against a man from Sandy, Utah for possessing approximately 8,000 files of child pornography.

Austin Kyle Stewart, 32, was charged with one count of Sodomy on a Child, a first-degree felony, and 11 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony.

In October 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a Cybertip from Google indicating a user uploaded files of suspected child pornography to their Google Accounts. The accounts were traced back to Stewart in Sandy, Utah.

ICAC Agents executed a search warrant on Stewart’s residence, where they found approximately 8,000 files of child pornography.

Five of the photos were flagged as potentially newly created and is alleged to have taken them himself.

ICAC has requested Stewart be held without bail.

Charges Filed Against Heber City Man for Exploiting a Teen Girl from Arizona

September 25, 2020

The Utah Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force filed charges this week against a 28-year-old man from Heber City, Utah for soliciting explicit photos from a 15-year-old girl from Arizona.

Dale Robert Lawrence has been charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; one count of dealing in material harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony; and four counts of enticement of a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

On May 27, 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a cybertip from a 16-year-old girl from Arizona who reported she had been communicating with Lawrence through Snapchat from March 2018 to June 2018.

Lawrence allegedly solicited the girl to send explicit pictures and videos of herself during these communications despite his knowledge that she was 15 years old. During an interview with ICAC agents, Lawrence admitted to knowing the girl was underage, engaging in sexual conversations, and receiving at least 15 explicit images and videos from her.

Lawrence works at a high school and routinely interacts with underage children who are the same age as the victim. A summons has been issued for Lawrence to appear at a future court date.

ICAC Task Force Files Charges Against West Valley Man

July 16, 2020

Today, the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force charged a man from West Valley City, Utah with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony; and one count of Voyeurism – Committed Against Child Under 14 Years of Age; a third-degree felony.

In February 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cybertip from Google that reported a user had uploaded suspected child pornography to their account which, upon investigation, belongs to Kevin Jeffory Long, 41.

The ICAC Task Force served a search warrant on the Google account and found approximately 150 files of child erotica and voyeuristic photos of young female children that appear to have been taken by Long.

A search warrant was served on Long’s cellphone, which revealed more files of child erotica along with photos and videos of an approximately 7-year-old girl that appeared to have been recorded by Long.

Long was on probation for previous crimes at the time of the investigation and subsequent charges. The ICAC Task Force has requested that Long be held without bail.