Salt Lake Tribune: Utah AG office arrests 13 on charges of trying to solicit children for sex over the internet

(Sean P. Means | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sean D. Reyes, Utah's attorney general, speaks at a news conference Monday, May 20, at the Utah State Capitol. At the news conference, officials announced 13 men were arrested in the last week on charges involving trying to entice children over the internet to meet for sexual contact.

An undercover sting operation in Utah County over the last week netted 13 arrests of men accused of trying to lure minors on the internet to meet for sexual contact, officials of Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force said Monday.

“The 13 people that we arrested were actively seeking to either rape or sodomize children,” said Jessica Farnsworth, commander of the ICAC task force, at a news conference at the Utah State Capitol.

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes said no children were involved in catching these 13 suspects, who were in contact with some of the 200 ICAC officers working the case, including members of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and the Provo and Orem police departments.

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