Man who repeatedly sexually abused 12-year-old he met online given 15 years to life in prison

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OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he met online will spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

Charging documents state Christopher Jeremy Prue, 28, of Orem, pleaded guilty back in November 2019, to one count first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one count second-degree felony kidnapping.

Prue was sentenced last week by Judge Thomas Low to 15 years to life at the Utah State Prison. Along with his sentence, he will serve 1-15 years for the second-degree felony kidnapping charge.

Documents state a 17-year-old boy met with detectives at the Children’s Justice Center in Provo where he reported he had met Prue through a Pokémon game in 2014 when he was 12.

Prue then picked the boy up at his home and drove him to local church where police said he sexually assaulted the boy.

The boy told detectives the assaults continued at least eight more times between summer 2014 and spring 2018, according to documents.

During an interview with police, Prue said he had “sexual relations” with the boy since he was 12. Police discovered Prue had texted the victim to meet up with him as recently as June 25, 2019, documents state.

The teen told police he is often at home alone and he is very afraid of Prue showing up unannounced.

At the time of his arrest, Prue was already a convicted sex offender who was on probation. Documents state Prue was charged in 2016 with 11 felonies related to multiple sexual assaults of another teenage boy he had met online between 2013-2015.

Prue pleaded no contest to one third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity of a minor and was given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to serve one year in jail, pay a $1,000 fine, register as a sex offender and placed on probation for 3 years.

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