A Provo man pleaded guilty to six charges, two of which were for sexually abusing children, for crimes committed while he pretended to be a photographer.
Kyle Navarrete, 32, entered the Provo Fourth District Courthouse on Monday facing 14 counts, each of which were felonies, including forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, unlawful sexual conduct with 16- or 17-year-old boys and sexual exploitation of minors.
Navarrete pled guilty to each of the four charges of the unlawful sexual conduct, which were downgraded Monday to misdemeanors, and two of five sexual exploitation charges, all second-degree felonies. The others were dismissed.
Several times, Fourth District Judge Darold McDade checked in with Navarrete as the arraignment proceeded.
During 2017, Navarrete pretended to be a “modeling photographer,” according to Jeff Buhman, Utah County attorney, which resulted in 17-year-old boys modeling for Navarrete.
“While those photographs were being taken, the defendant touched ... the boys … multiple times to gratify himself,” Buhman reported, adding that Navarrete touched the boys "through their underwear" and "took liberties with the boys."
Navarrete was more than 10 years older than the boys, Buhman noted. That availed Navarrete to the unlawful sexual conduct charges, according to Utah Code 76-5-401.2. They were classified as class-A misdemeanors because they were "attempted," Buhman said.
That availed Navarrete to the unlawful sexual conduct charges, according to Utah Code 76-5-401.2, and classified as class-A misdemeanors because they were “attempted,” Buhman said.
Police also found at least two pictures showing minors exhibiting pornography and nudity in sexual situations, Buhman said.
“There were four individuals,” he noted.
A sentencing hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. April 23. The maximum penalty for a second-degree felony is one to 15 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000, McDade remarked.