Logan funeral home owner charged with sex crimes, now charged with fraud

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – The funeral home owner from Logan who was charged with several felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for his interactions with a 17-year-old boy is now facing new charges. 

Lonnie Kent Nyman, 34, of Millville is now facing additional charges of second-degree felony communications fraud and issuing a bad check (2). 

Charging documents state that on November 5, Logan City Police were contacted by a representative from Goldenwest Credit Union who provided documents regarding two checks which had been brought in as payment on two separate credit cards within USU Credit Union (a division of Goldenwest Credit Union).

Police said one of the credit cards belonged to Lonnie Nyman and the other card belonging to his father. The checks were written on the same account under “Nyman Holdings LLC” on a Mountain America Credit Union account.

Both checks were written in the amount of $7,000 on October 30 and were both signed by Lonnie Nyman.

On November 1, charges were made on the cards in the amounts $4500 on Lonnie Nyman’s card and $6500 was charged to Kent Nyman’s credit card in payment to Lucky Bail Bonds.

The next day, both checks returned for non-sufficient funds.

The Credit Union then contacted Lonnie Nyman and was told there were funds in the account but they were on hold and would be available Tuesday, November 6.

On Monday the representative from the credit union contacted Mountain America and was told there were no funds on hold.

Police said the scheme was all to allow Lonnie Nyman to bail out of jail. 

*PRIOR STORY*

LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A funeral home owner in Logan has been charged with several crimes affiliated with his interactions with a 17-year-old boy he met on a dating app. 

34-year-old Lonnie Kent Nyman of Millville, who is the owner of Nyman Funeral Home, was charged Tuesday in 1st Judicial Court in Logan with three second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, four third-degree felony counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor, one each third-degree felony counts of tampering with a witness and obstruction of justice and two misdemeanor counts of enticing a minor.

On Thursday officials with the Utah Department of Commerce said Nyman’s license to practice as a funeral service director will be limited until the matter resolves in court, meaning he may not practice. Click here to read the full Non-Disciplinary Limitation Stipulation and Order.

According to charging documents, Nyman messaged a minor on the dating app Grindr on March 20, 2018. Grindr is a dating app that is commonly used for sexual encounters. Detectives said Nyman was aware of the minor’s age and knew his identity. 

During conversations with the minor, Nyman sent sexually explicit pictures of himself and a video of a man and a woman engaging in sexual intercourse to him. 

The teen met up with Nyman but after arriving became uncomfortable with Nyman’s behavior and decided to leave before anything physical happened. 

In April, Nyman’s wife found the photos of the teen on his iPad and evidence of it was turned over to police. In a search of the iPad, investigators found screenshots of five males, some believed to be as young as 15.

Shortly after, Nyman sent a message to the minor and told him his wife had discovered the relationship and maybe going to the police. Nyman then asked the minor to lie to police if they questioned him. 

A search warrant was issued by the Utah Attorney General’s Office, requesting several videos that are in existence allegedly showing Nyman having sex with underage boys in the funeral home and inside the Nyman residence. 

Investigators have since met with the teen. 

A warrant for Nyman’s arrest was issued on Tuesday with a bail set at $100,000. 

On Wednesday, Utah State University Police issued a community safety alert:
“USU Police are concerned about a potential threat to the Logan campus from Lonnie Kent Nyman, who was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor yesterday, Oct. 30, 2018. He has since been released on bail.”
 
Police said Nyman has ties to campus community members and may pose a threat to them and others.
 
They are asking if anyone sees Nyman on the Logan campus, please call 911 or contact USU Police at 435-797-1939 immediately. Do not approach him.”
 

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