WASHINGTON CITY – Washington City Police arrested Jeffery Wilson, 48, of St. George, Sunday after he allegedly asked a girl under the age of 18 to send him nude photos of herself.
Washington City officers responded to a report of a sex offense, Officer Eric DeMille wrote in the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest. Officers spoke to the girl’s mother, who had been dating Wilson at the time.
The mother of the girl reported that Wilson had been sending inappropriate text messages to her daughter.
Officers looked at the text messages that were on the girl’s phone. Initially, Wilson had asked the girl for a picture of herself, saying that she looked so cute, the probable cause statement said. The girl then sent him a picture of her face.
Wilson again texted her, repeating that she looked cute, and asked for a picture of her in her panties. When the juvenile got upset, Wilson quickly texted her that he had sent that message to the wrong person.
A short time later, Wilson again texted the girl saying how cute she was and asking for a picture of her in her bra and panties. Again, the girl became upset with Wilson, telling him to stop contacting her, and Wilson told her he was drunk and that he wanted a picture of her naked.
The girl’s mother then told police that Wilson was home in St. George and that his roommate would keep him there until officers arrived to speak to him about the incident, DeMille wrote in his probable cause statement.
Washington City Police requested St. George City Police respond to the home and make contact with Wilson until they could arrive.
According to the probable cause statement, when St. George Police arrived, Wilson’s roommate told the officers Wilson had run and jumped the fence on the property.
St. George Police were able to locate Wilson and detain him until Washington City Police arrived. The statement said when Washington Police arrived, they gave Wilson his Miranda warning and tried to speak to him, but Wilson invoked his right to remain silent.
Washington City Police arrested Wilson and transported him to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, charging him with enticing a minor, a third-degree felony, as well as two unrelated warrants for his arrest.
At the time of this publication, according to bookings information, Wilson is still in custody and is being held on $6,857 bail.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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