UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Authorities Monday announced a “terrible trend” — a spike in online predators targeting Utah children.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) officials said Monday they had conducted a 3-month sting in Utah County, which resulted in 13 people arrested and charged.

“The 13 people that we arrested were actively, actively seeking to either rape or sodomize children,” said Jessica Farnsworth, ICAC task force commander.

“We’re seeing an increase in online activity,” added Farnsworth.

The operation was surprising, officials on Monday said. Farnsworth says the numbers are on pace to triple those of last year.

“This was a relatively short operation, with astounding numbers,” said one official during Monday’s news conference. He said only a fraction of criminals were caught as a part of this sting.

Utah County court officials pledged aggressive prosecution.

“Attempted rape of a child, attempted sodomy of a child, criminal solicitation — these all carry mandatory prison sentences of 15 years to life in prison,” said Christine Scott, Deputy Utah County Attorney. 

The names of those arrested are as follows:

Adam Friel, 31, of Provo

Alberto Andrade, 31, of Provo 

Carlos Portillo, 48, of Provo

Jared Park, 28, of Provo

Lehi Spencer Santiago Lastra, 38, of Provo

Matia Ignacio Kandalaft Ruminot, 29, of Orem

Dustin Bellmore, 30, of Mapleton

Steven Bryce Holmberg, 60,of Springville

Timothy Dickerson, 29, of Taylorsville 

Tylor Berube, 27, of Clinton

Tysen Toone, 20, of Orem

Brysen Kenneth Lee, 19, of Mapleton

Kelly Glen Herring, 33, of Magna

Report suspicion of child sexual exploitation to your local police, your ICAC Task Force or the 
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline (www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678).


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