Registered sex offender caught by Herriman police with 15-year-old boy in vehicle

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HERRIMAN, Utah – (ABC4 News) – A 33-year-old registered sex offender was arrested after an officer in Herriman found him with a 15-year-old boy inside the back of the man’s vehicle. 

Arresting documents state Phillip Reed, of Lindon, was taken into custody after a Herriman officer noticed a Jeep Cherokee parked in a dark area of a Herriman subdivision currently under construction. At first, the officer thought the car was unoccupied, but when he approached the car, a man got out of the rear passenger side and jumped into the front passenger seat.

Documents state two male occupants were inside the car, not wearing shoes.

When the officer approached the car, he observed the windows were thick with condensation on the inside of the car the rear of the vehicle contained a sheet spread out, pillows, blankets and various items of clothing were strewn about.

Police identified Reed is currently listed on the sex offender registry. 

The other male was identified as a 15-year-old boy from Herriman who told police the two were in some sort of relationship, documents state. 

Reed told officers the two met on an app called “Grindr” and that they have met up four different times. 

Documents further stated Reed said the boy agreed to meet him at a location near his home in Herriman on Sunday where they meet up to “naked cuddle, to make out and touching”.

Reed was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on one third-degree felony count of enticing a minor. Additional charges will be screened through the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. 

Reed pleaded guilty in 2013 to five counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor after police found 10 images of child pornography on his computer after a search warrant was executed at his home in Lindon. 

According to documents, Reed was sentenced to 1-15 years at the Utah State Prison for each count, but that sentence was suspended and Reed spent 328 days in jail and was placed on probation for 3 years. 

He underwent a psychosexual assessment and successfully completed his probation in 2016. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 1-888-421-1100. 

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