UTAH COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) A wanted sex offender who failed to let law enforcement know where he lived was arrested Wednesday after a sting.
John E. Taylor is accused of making disturbing requests to undercover officers. While not illegal, law enforcement used the conversations to capture Taylor who was on the run for two years, potentially putting the public at risk
Taylor spent years in prison for sexually abusing a child in 2004 and 2007. After his release, he failed to update his information with the sex offender registry six times over two years.
“I think the primary goal is to keep tabs on people who are clearly a risk to society,” Utah County Sheriff Spencer Cannon said.
A Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy, working for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, used Craigslist to find the 54-year-old according to an arrest report obtained by News4Utah.
Taylor is accused of responding to a fake online ad saying he was interested in buying underwear worn by a young girl. Over several months, an undercover officer obtained a picture of Taylor, who’s also accused of talking with other task force members about exchanging $50 for dirty childrens’ underwear.
While not outright against the law, investigators wanted to pick him up before it’s too late.
“Sometimes people that do the most disgusting things graduate to doing something that is illegal,” Sgt. Cannon said.
Taylor was booked into the Utah County Jail on six counts of failing to register as a sex offender.