Cedar City man busted for child porn, sexual exploitation of minor

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CEDAR CITY – A 35-year-old Cedar City man was arrested Thursday after the FBI learned of illicit photos on his Pinterest account. This led to the discovery of more than 100 child pornography images on the man’s personal computer.

Adam Douglas Gifford, Iron County Jail. Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 19, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Bookings, St. George News
Adam Douglas Gifford, booking photo posted Feb. 19, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Bookings, St. George News

Adam Douglas Gifford, who lives on DL Sargent Drive in Cedar City, was charged with 10 second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Each count carries with it a possible one- to 15-year prison sentence.

The Cedar City Police Department was notified by the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force about a week ago that Gifford had posted sexually explicit images on a Pinterest message board, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.

“They were the ones that tipped us off to it,” he said. “They went to his house just to do a ‘knock and talk,’ and while they were there, he consented to let the officers look at his cellphone.”

Based on what they saw at the scene, Womack said, the officers were concerned enough to request an on-site warrant to seize Gifford’s home computer and search its contents.

A forensics exam led to the discovery of multiple images of child pornography, Womack said.

Gifford was taken into custody at about 7:28 p.m. Thursday and was booked into the Iron County Jail.

Bail is set at $20,000, cash or bond. As of Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Gifford is still in custody.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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7 Comments

  • ladybugavenger February 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Guilty! Publicly stone and Mandatory castration!

  • fun bag February 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    cedar city seems to be full of sexual deviants. Something in the water up there?…

    • Mesaizacd February 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah the water is contaminated with chemicals from all the meth labs up there

  • fun bag February 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Kind of strange though how when these guys are caught with these type of illicit images they get the full brunt of the law, where as the polygamists up in short creek basically get away with raping and molesting little girls every day. Strange place we live in, good ol’ Utah…

    • Mesaizacd February 21, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Well that’s because the group contains 3 letters L… D…. S

    • Real Life February 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      In ANY other part of the country, a blind eye would never be turned to what goes on out there. Just bewildering.

  • K February 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Nice face

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