Dixie State student busted with sexually explicit images of children

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ST. GEORGE — A Dixie State University student was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after he allegedly uploaded child pornography to an online chat room.

A representative of ChatStep filed a CyberTipline report notifying authorities that a ChatStep user going by the screen name “LilBoyLover” had uploaded an image of child pornography to the platform on Sept. 2, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in support of the arrest.

Decius Christopher Tho Duran, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Decius Christopher Tho Duran, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

On Sept. 4, it was reported that the ChatStep user – this time going by the username “DrunkAsF—“ – had uploaded another image of child pornography to the ChatStep account, the report stated.

Officials reviewed the first image and saw a nude 6- to 8-year-old girl lying on her back being raped by a man, the arresting deputy wrote in a sworn statement. The second image was of a 6- to 8-year-old girl lying on her side being raped by a man.

An analyst checked the American Registry of Internet Numbers which indicated Dixie State University was the Internet Service Provider associated with the two IP addresses, the deputy stated.

A Judicial Order was prepared requesting subscriber information from Dixie State University for the IP addresses reported by ChatStep.

Through the information provided by the University, the suspect was identified as 18-year-old Decius Christopher Tho Duran, who was attending the Fall 2016 semester and was living at the University-owned Abby Apartments, according to the statement.

On Wednesday, members of the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant on Duran’s residence.

“Decius (Duran) admitted to viewing and sharing child pornography using the ChatStep platform,” the deputy wrote in the statement. “Decius also admitted to using his phone to download child pornography.”

Duran also told authorities he is a registered sex offender stemming from sexually abusing and manufacturing child pornography of his younger female relatives in Alabama, the report stated.

According to the statement, a forensic preview was completed on Duran’s cellphone in which numerous pictures of child pornography were found – photos depicting sex acts too explicit to detail in this report.

Duran 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 Duran of three second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Judge Eric Ludlow, of the 5th District Court, ordered a $100,000 cash-only bail for Duran’s release pending trial.

Wednesday’s arrest is the second arrest to occur in St. George this week as a result of a CyberTipline investigation.

A tip and IP address provided by Google led to the arrest of 40-year-old Nathan Michael Hill, of St. George, Tuesday. Hill was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after allegedly uploading photos depicting sex acts with a 1- to 2-year-old girl.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children launched the CyberTipline in March 1998 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.

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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12 Comments

  • Bob November 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    “Duran also told authorities he is a registered sex offender stemming from sexually abusing and manufacturing child pornography of his younger female relatives in Alabama, the report stated.”

    pretty sure thats a federal crime with something like a 12-15yr minimum. he must’ve been under 18 at the time or why is this guy not locked up?

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Oh wow you’re pretty sure thats a federal crime with 12 to 15 yr minimum. wow you are absolutely amazing Bob. Wow they should call you ” The Amazing Bob “

  • RealMcCoy November 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Public hanging, anyone?

    It sounds like Alabama is a little lax on the child exploitation, too.

    How is this pervert still alive??

  • Real Life November 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    There should be no such thing as a registered sex offender. There should be no such thing as a repeat offender. There is no “fixing” these perverts. They should be dealt with harshly. Lawyers and judges who aid in their release, should also be punished.

    • darkgoddess November 4, 2016 at 5:32 am

      I agree. Those who find little children sexually attractive are sick in the head, and there’s no cure for that, except castration or a noose. Same for rapists.

    • .... November 4, 2016 at 8:20 am

      there should be no such thing as you ! now that’s some funny stuff right there ! ha ha ha ha

  • ladybugavenger November 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    These lowlife evil male beings make my blood boil! Castration! There is no rehabilitation for this.

    • .... November 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Shoot’em all !

    • Dosomeresearch November 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Exactly, there is no rehabilitation because although it has been classified as a form of mental illness the government refuses to invest any time or money in it. Often times these people are victims of abuse themselves and because therapy alone doesn’t help deal with it psychologically some are doomed to repeat it as they grow up. We might as well hang, castrate, and shoot all victims too to keep from perpetuating the cycle.

  • sagemoon November 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Scum bag.

  • Ron November 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Hope he makes bail.
    Might get a Thanksgiving surprise when he returns to the dorm.
    If not, gen. pop will figure it out.

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