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ST. GEORGE — A Southern Utah man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly arranging to have sex with a “mother and her 12-year-old daughter” on an online website known for advertising sex.
Alexander Jay Ryan, 20, of Enoch, was charged with first-degree felony criminal solicitation and second-degree felony enticing a minor over the internet, according to information filed in 5th District Court by the Iron County Attorney’s Office.
On Jan. 26, Ryan responded to a decoy ad placed on Craigslist titled, “Seeking someone to participate in an incest lifestyle,” according to a probable cause statement filed by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office in support of the arrest.
Ryan engaged in online correspondence with a confidential informant, who wrote in an email sent to Ryan, “Im looking for someone to have sex with me and my 12yo daughter,” the report states, to which Ryan allegedly replied: “I can do that if you want me to.”
Ryan eventually requested pictures and asked specific illicit questions regarding the potential sexual encounter, the arresting officer wrote in the sworn statement. He then made arrangements to meet at a house in Paragonah, but did not keep the appointment.
Ryan later told the informant he had been called to work, and arranged to meet the following day, the report states. Again, he did not show up.
During the investigation, officials traced the phone number used to Ryan, and subsequently interviewed him about the sexual solicitation correspondence, according to the statement.
Ryan allegedly admitted he did communicate with the informant and initially said he “was just playing along to get with the mom,” the officer wrote. Ryan later reportedly told officials he had intended to have sex with the woman and 12-year-old girl but saw a news report about Craigslist stings and “had a sudden change of heart.”
Ryan was arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail.
According to court documents, Ryan has no prior criminal history in Utah.
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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