Man charged with raping 12-year-old girl


OREM Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A Payson man is under arrest for luring a 12-year-old away from her school and ending up at a motel in Provo.

31-year old Jeffrey Nyman was charged with multiple counts of rape and aggravated sex abuse of a child by the Utah County attorney’s office.

Orem police said Nyman first met the 12-year-old in a social media website called “Plenty of Fish.”  Police sayd they became friends there.   Nyman claimed the girl stated she was 18-years old.

“You can’t mistake a 12-year-old,” said Lt. Craig Martinez..

According to court documents, Nyman picked the girl up from her elementary school in West Valley and had lunch at a restaurant in Orem.  From there, Nyman allegedly rented a motel room in Provo where police claim he had sexual relations with the 12-year-old.

Meanwhile, the girl’s mother arrived home and did not find her daughter.  According to court documents, she called the school and learned she did not attend classes all day.  She notified police in West Vaa lley and a search for the girl began. 

In a probable cause statement filed by police “a fellow classmate contacted by police said (the 12-year-old) was heard to say that she had a 20 (year old) boyfriend and they were going to a hotel together for the day.”

Later that night, Police said Nyman dropped her off at her home.  The mother called West Valley police and interviewed the girl and learned about a man she befriended on the internet.

The girl told police “that she had gone to a hotel with ‘Nick’ and they had sexual intercourse.”  The girl told police they went to lunch afterwards followed by ice skating and returned to the hotel.  They “had sex twice,” according to the girl in a statement to police.

Police met with a hotel clerk who recalled a man with the police description of Nyman and said he was with “a young looking *** female.”  The clerk tracked down a receipt which according to police was signed by “Jeffrey Nyman.”

When interviewed by police Nyman expressed regret when discovering the girl was 12 years old.

“He feels dirty now knowing that,” according to the probable cause statement.

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