St. George man arrested after Google reports photos of sexual abuse of toddler

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ST. GEORGE — Google personnel provided authorities with a tip that led to the arrest of a St. George man Tuesday on felony charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In April, Google Inc. representatives filed a CyberTipline report notifying authorities that a Google user had uploaded two images of child pornography to their email, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in support of the arrest.

Nathan Michale Hill, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 1, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Nathan Michael Hill, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 1, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officials reviewed the images and saw a nude 1- to 2-year-old girl lying on her back with her legs spread, the arresting deputy wrote in a sworn statement. A man can also be seen in the photo kneeling next to the baby with an erect penis lying across the baby’s thigh.

Through the IP address provided by Google, the suspect was identified as 40-year-old Nathan Michael Hill, according to the statement.

On Tuesday, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Hill’s residence, the report stated. Hill was located inside the residence and authorities determined he was the only person living in the home.

During the search of Hill’s residence, officials located several different electronic devices, according to the statement.

When authorities viewed an SD card found in Hill’s camera, approximately 20 additional images of child pornography were discovered, the report stated.

“Also, images of young females in bathing suits that appear to have been taken covertly were observed on the SD card,” the deputy wrote in the statement.

When authorities attempted to question him, Hill invoked his Miranda rights and refused to answer any questions.

Hill was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Hill of two second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Bail for his release pending trial was set at $25,000 cash-only. Hill is scheduled to appear before 5th District Judge John Walton for his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

According to Utah Court documents, Hill has an extensive criminal history involving drugs and alcohol, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, assault, criminal trespass, theft and lewdness.

Hill was arrested on lewdness charges in June 2004 and August 2015, and is currently facing a third-degree felony count of lewdness stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred July 10 in Washington County.

In March 1998, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children launched the CyberTipline to further its mission of helping to prevent and diminish the sexual exploitation of children.

More than 12.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been made to the CyberTipline between 1998 and June 2016, according to the organization’s website.

The CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers with the ability to report instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the Internet.

The center reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure reports of children who may be in imminent danger get priority. After the review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.

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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15 Comments

  • Mean Momma November 2, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Casterate the ugly POS and throw him away for good!

    • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Amen!

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Why not just take them out back and shoot them and donate the bodies 2 the alligator farms ?

  • mmsandie November 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    He would never have a pic if me in a bathing suit, I only where it in vegas where anything goes.. Great job police dept.

  • chilered November 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    The report was filed/given to our authorities in April? Arrested in November? Dropping the ball? Just askin’

    • Brian November 3, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Yeah, how many other children were affected due to this 6 months of delay?

      If ever there was something that should have been the highest priority, at every step, this is it!

  • debbie November 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    how broken my heart is reading this. oh Jesus please come back soon.

  • knobe November 3, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Once pedos are fully verified , tried & convicted I suspect the only viable solution is beheading ,
    I could be mistaken but I’ve not seen any reports of them changing . . .
    they are just taken off the streets for awhile but return the same .

    I could be wrong tho , does anyone have reports of pedos that have truly changed ?

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Ask Bob he knows everything !

    • Ron November 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Knob,
      The only report of a pedo changing his ways that I found was, a few of them have been found to change from breathing to not breathing anymore.
      That would be a positive effect, in my opinion.

      • RealMcCoy November 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

        This is the type of scum that would also choose to identify as a woman just to be allowed into the women’s restrooms.

        Since this cretin decided to invoke his Miranda rights even when caught red-handed, I feel the little girl’s parents should be allowed to invoke their Enraged Parental rights. If he dies in the process, no great loss.

  • sagemoon November 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Scum bag.

  • Bob November 3, 2016 at 11:40 am

    i find it ironic how the state goes after child porn charges so aggressively yet has knowingly let all those kids up in short creek get raped and molested all these years, with it finally taking Texas to put away their prophet. why are pligs above the law in UT?

    • .... November 4, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Well they let you run around loose. ! what do you expect ?

  • Harold S. November 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This is a prime example of why some people do not have a right to breath air.

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