Police arrested at least six men Thursday in Lehi after the men reportedly planned to meet up with and engage in sexual activity with who they thought were children, but were actually undercover officers.
The men — 24-year-old Devin Hunter of Riverton, 47-year-old Lyle Leifson of Pleasant Grove, 19-year-old Miguel Millan of Sandy, 22-year-old Jaydon Passey of West Valley City, 27-year-old Raymond Rivera of Pleasant Grove and 26-year-old Ricardo Yanez of Herriman — were all arrested Thursday on suspicion of the second-degree felony of enticing a minor by internet or text.
Millan was also arrested on suspicion of the first-degree felony of rape of a child, and Yanez was also arrested on suspicion of the class A misdemeanor of obstruction of justice.
Hunter reportedly had a conversation on a social media app with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on him, according to a police report. He reportedly traveled to a park they’d decided to meet at, where the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arrested him. He reportedly told police after his arrest that he went to the park expecting sexual acts from the girl.
Leifson communicated on an app with who he thought was a 13-year-old boy, and agreed to go to a gas station in Lehi to meet the boy for sexual acts, according to a police report. Leifson reportedly told police he changed his mind once he got to the gas station and was going to counsel the boy, according to the report. Leifson is reportedly a registered sex offender in Utah.
Millan asked for pictures and agreed to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, according to a police report. He was arrested at a gas station where he’d agreed to meet the child, and officers found lubricant and condoms in his car, according to the report. Millan reportedly cooperated with officers.
Passey asked who he thought was a 13-year-old girl on an app to ride in his car with him, and then turned the conversation sexual the next day, according to a police report. He reportedly suggested he could go to the girl’s house and have sex with her after her father went to work. He reportedly arrived at a gas station where they agreed to meet and was taken into custody.
Rivera asked who he thought was a 13-year-old girl on an app to engage in sexual relations with him, according to a police report. He reportedly went to Skyridge High School in Lehi to meet her and was arrested, according to the report. He reportedly denied speaking with the child, and had been spotted handling his phone during a traffic stop before leaning down. A second phone was found under the seat, according to the report.
Yanez had a sexual conversation on an app with who he thought he was a 13-year-old girl, according to a police report. He reportedly arrived at a gas station and was pulled over, where he deleted the app and conversation from his phone. He reportedly told police he knew the girl was 13, but thought it was fake, and that he suggested meeting for sex. He reportedly told police he deleted the conversation off his phone, and said he had been investigated for meeting a girl for sex in exchange for drugs before, but was never charged.