Former Park City bus driver sentenced to jail for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor
Jose Patino Moreno admitted he requested nude photos from a 17-year-old passenger
A former Park City bus driver will serve one year in jail for receiving nude photos from a 17-year-old passenger, according to court documents.
On Monday, June 5, Jose Patino Moreno, 46, of Park City, was sentenced in 3rd District Court for two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, each a third-degree felony, documents state. The court ordered Moreno to serve 60 months on supervised probation, one year in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.
Moreno originally faced four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of enticing a minor over the internet.
In June of 2016, the Park City Police Department received a report that a 17-year-old girl from Summit County was sending nude photos of herself to Moreno on the social media messenger application WhatsApp for more than a year, according to court documents.
Moreno befriended the victim while she was riding the bus and encouraged her to send him the photos over the WhatsApp messenger, documents state. Moreno later admitted to detectives that he had requested the photos from the victim. He was arrested on June 21, 2016, and later released after posting $20,000 bond.
Summit County Prosecutor Joy Natale said Moreno’s sentencing was the result of a plea bargain. She added, “I really think that this was a good resolution because it holds him responsible and accountable for his conduct.”
“The victim and her family supported this and didn’t want her to go through the trauma of testifying at a trial,” Natale said.
Natale said Moreno will be required to register with the Utah Sex Offender and Kidnap Offender Registry for 10 years, in addition to undergoing sex offender treatment, which includes a psychosexual evaluation to determine whether he is at risk to reoffend.
“He will also be considered a convicted felon and will be on probation for the next five years,” Natale said.
Moreno was immediately taken into custody on Monday to begin serving his sentence at the Summit County Jail, Natale said.
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