Park City man solicits ‘teen’
A 34-year-old Park City man was arrested by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department last week after communicating with someone he thought was a 13-year-old North Summit girl.
Deputies arrested Reynoldo Herrera, 34, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in Kamas on Dec. 16, on charges of enticing a minor and giving false information to law enforcement officials, according to a press release. Enticement is a second-degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine. It can also prompt both state and federal charges.
Reynoldo made an initial appearance in Summit County’s Third District Court Monday morning and was appointed Public Defender Paul Quinlan.
On Dec. 16, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about an active child enticement case in the county, according to court documents.
One of the agents had assumed the identity and Facebook profile of a Summit County teen, after the teen reported being contacted by an adult male using the name Bryan Herrera. The agent had maintained contact with Herrera beginning in October via Facebook Messenger, the documents state.
After months of "grooming the child with flattery and promises of love and affection," Herrera and the "teen" made arrangements to meet in Kamas, the release stated.
Deputies arrested Herrera on Dec. 16 without incident. During a search, a cell phone, wallet, and two condoms were found in Herrera’s pockets, along with a credit card with the name "Reynoldo Herrera," according to court documents.
Sergeant Ron Bridge, with the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, said once Herrera was arrested, he "eventually came clean" and revealed his identity after giving a false name to deputies.
Herrera remains incarcerated in the Summit County Jail on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
The hold is currently on Herrera because of his status in the country and felony arrest, Bridge said, adding that he will be held until court proceedings are complete.
Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said an "ICE hold" indicates an interest in pursuing immigration enforcement with an individual once local authorities are done.
The Department of Homeland Security databases indicated Herrera has never had lawful status in the U.S
Summit County Prosecutor Matthew Bates said it is possible that the U.S. Attorney’s Office could also indict Herrera on federal charges of enticement.
Bates said in certain cases, though it’s rare, charges could be filed at both the state and federal levels.
Herrera is scheduled to appear again in Third District Court for a pre-trail hearing Monday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m.
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