UPDATE: MONDAY, 3/25/22, 3:22 P.M.

UTAH (ABC4) – A judge has granted pretrial release to a former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper charged with child sexual abuse.

Bryan Bruce Adams, 45, was been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, two counts of forcible sexual abuse, and two counts of lewdness involving a child.

The judge said on Monday that Adams was not considered a flight risk as previously thought and due to knowing the trooper from his court appearances in prior cases, that he was comfortable granting a release without the requirement of bail. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor and was informed that there is an active protective order for the victims.

According to court documents, Adams exposed himself to three minors on at least two separate occasions between October 2019 to October 2021. During that same time period, Adams allegedly abused children in ways that he “derived sexual gratification.”

Adams was granted pre-trial release under the following conditions.

-No contact with children

-No contact with alleged victims

-Only allowed to reside in the state of Utah

-Must wear an ankle monitor during his release

Adams had been working as a trooper since November 2012 before resigning on April 11, 2022.

He is set to appear in court again on June 6.


Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has released a statement on Bryan Adams, the former trooper who has been charged with child sexual abuse.

On March 10, UHP received a complaint of “potential criminal misconduct” against Adams, and just a few days later, he was placed on administrative leave pending a formal criminal investigation.

Adams resigned from his duties on April 11.

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Office of Professional Standards quickly initiated an internal investigation.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) conducted a investigation as well, and on Thursday, April 21, UHP was notified that criminal charges were filed in Utah’s 4th District Court against Adams.

DPS is currently completing their internal investigation, which will include a review of the criminal charges resulting from the UCSO investigation, as well as internal policy violations.

The statement from UHP reads, “The mission of the Utah Highway Patrol can only be accomplished by maintaining the public trust and confidence of those we serve. Criminal charges of this nature are extremely serious and do not represent the standards we strive to attain or the values we hold at UHP.”

Adams began his employment with UHP in November 2012.

No further information is currently available as litigation on the matter is ongoing.