Heber City man pleads guilty to enticing a minor after undercover operation
A Heber City man accused of enticing a minor over the internet pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday, according to court documents.
Josue Adolfo Salas, 26, pleaded guilty in Summit County’s 3rd District Court to enticing a minor by internet or text, a second-degree felony. Salas originally faced three additional charges of dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult. But, prosecutors agreed to dismiss those charges as part of plea deal.
Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson said the county’s child protection efforts are in “full force.” “These cases are prosecuted aggressively by our office,” she said.
The charges stem from an undercover operation the Summit County Sheriff’s Office conducted in September, court documents state. Prosecutors allege a detective with the Sheriff’s Office was posing undercover as a 13-year-old girl on social media when Salas contacted him.
Salas sent messages to the account indicating that he was interested in having sex with the girl, documents state. He also solicited nude images and encouraged her multiple times to meet up with him.
Charges were filed on Oct. 17.
A second-degree felony is punishable by a sentence of one to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 10.
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