Former Park City Transit driver pleads guilty to attempted sexual exploitation
Driver and 17-year-old girl exchanged nude photos
A former Park City Transit bus driver pleaded guilty this week in 3rd District Court to felony charges after he admitted receiving inappropriate photos from a 17-year-old girl, according to court documents.
On Monday, March 13, Jose Patino Moreno, 46, of Park City, pleaded guilty plea to two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Moreno faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each charge. Attempted sexual exploitation of a minor is a third-degree felony.
Moreno has retained attorney Scott Poston. He 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 inappropriate photos of herself to Moreno on the social media messenger application WhatsApp, according to court documents.
Moreno befriended the victim while she was riding the bus and encouraged her to send him nude photos of herself over the WhatsApp messenger, documents state. The pair communicated for more than a year.
Moreno 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. His sentencing is May 1.
Moreno will have to register with the Utah Sex Offender Registry for 10 years, according to Joy Natale, a Summit County prosecutor. She added, “He will have to contact them twice a year as to any changes in his address or employment or residence and they will put all that information on the public website.” Natale said he is no longer employed with Park City Transit.
“We haven’t talked about any deals other than the plea bargain,” Natale said. “We are having him complete a pre-sentence investigation report where he will report to the Office of Adult Probation and Parole. They will submit their findings to the judge for sentencing.”
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