June 3, 2022
Statewide ICAC Crackdown: Multiple Arrests-27 Agencies
To respond to the growing number of cases involving child pornography and illegal contact with minors, the Utah Attorney General’s Office led a statewide effort to address this growing problem.
The “Statewide Proactive Chat” involved officers from 27 agencies working together to identify and weed out illegal sexual contact and pornography involving minors. Since the beginning of 2020, the number of cases has exploded by 600%, and it keeps getting worse.
Sting operations over the course of one week involved officers intercepting messages and underage pornography from Ogden to Cedar City. The Statewide Proactive Chat resulted in 12 arrests, 8 search warrants served, and 13 pending cases.
“Not only is there a constant rise in cases, but many of the encounters we are intercepting are also bolder and more aggressive than ever,” said ICAC Commander Alan White. “We’re also seeing younger victims—even toddlers, more often. It’s disturbing and overwhelming, to say the least.”
The Utah Attorney General’s Office would like to express appreciation to the participating agencies working to keep children safe: Utah Attorney General‘s Office, West Valley City Police Department, West Jordan Police Department, Weber County Sheriff’s Office Provo Police Department, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Box Elder County Attorney‘s Office, Orem Police Department, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, AP&P (Northern Region), Farmington Police Department, Syracuse Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, AP&P (Region three), Sandy Police Department, Riverton Police Department, Bluffdale Police Department, Vernal Police Department, AP&P (Region Five), Cedar City Police Department, Enoch Police Department, Saint George Police Department, Salem Police Department, Washington City Police Department, AP&P (Region Six).