The Utah County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant to the home of 49-year-old Payson resident Jonathan Flaker on Wednesday after receiving eight different cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The cybertips flagged images of concern, according to the probable cause statement, which led to the issuing of a warrant for possession of child pornography. The probable cause statement says officers stopped Flaker after he left his residence just prior to serving the warrant and explained why he was being served a warrant.
According to the probable cause statement, Flaker allegedly admitted to being addicted to child pornography, and told officers he gets "excited" when viewing nude images of 12-13-year-old girls. He also allegedly told officers he had been viewing child pornography for approximately five years, the probable cause statement says.
The cybertips flagged a total of seven images that meet the state statute for child pornography, according to the press release. The IP address used to upload the files was confirmed to be at Flaker's Payson residence, where several other items were seized, such as computers and electronics containing a store of images, according to the press release.
Officers booked Flaker into Utah County Jail on seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.