Man receives jail time, probation in child pornography case
by Rudy Herndon
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A Moab man who downloaded child pornography on his home computer will stay out of prison, provided that he follows the terms of his sentence, a judge ruled this week.

Jeffrey Thomas Reed was sentenced on Jan. 7 to two consecutive terms of one to 15 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to two second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. But 7th District Judge Lyle R. Anderson went on to suspend that sentence, and he ultimately ordered the 24-year-old Reed to serve six months in the Grand County Jail. Reed will be given credit for time served.

The judge also placed Reed on supervised probation for three years, and he ordered the defendant to pay $1,425 in fines, along with a still-undetermined amount of restitution.

Under the additional terms of his sentence, Reed must register as a sex offender, and he will be required to complete a related evaluation. He may also be required to wear a monitoring device, and he may be subject to curfews, depending on future determinations.

Reed, who previously waived his right to a preliminary hearing, told the judge that he would welcome any court-ordered stipulations.

“I wish that I can get whatever [help] I can to get through this,” he said Jan. 7. “Whatever needs to be done.”

The Grand County Attorney’s office originally charged Reed with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, based on a report that indicated investigators found more than 184 child pornography videos on his laptop computer.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Moab Police Department investigators concerning Reed’s arrest, two Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force agents traced his computer to an online video file-sharing program.

When two police investigators searched his home on Nov. 26, Reed told them that he used the program to download the videos, according to the probable cause statement.

Reed acknowledged as much when he appeared in court on Jan. 7, telling the judge that he viewed the images on his computer.

Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald said there is no evidence to suggest that Reed produced any of the images.

According to Fitzgerald, Reed was forthright with investigators, and he seemed to be aware that he has a problem.

“There was some relief that he got caught,” Fitzgerald said. “He felt that he needed to change, and this was a catalyst for it.”

Grand County Public Defender Don Torgerson said that Reed seriously regrets his actions.

Reed struggled with those actions for some time, Torgerson said, but he didn’t know how to fix them.

“This is a catalyst,” Torgerson said.

Both Torgerson and Fitzgerald asked the judge to impose a sentence that is consistent with the Utah Attorney General office’s recommendations in two similar, but unrelated, cases.

“It’s standard,” Fitzgerald said of the sentence handed down by Anderson.

Reed remains in custody, pending the completion of his jail sentence.

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