LOGAN — A 28-year-old Mendon man was arrested Thursday, suspected of downloading child pornography. Keven Pence was arrested at his home at 150 West 300 North and booked into the Cache County Jail.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said investigators served a warrant to Pence’s home and found several computer and electronic storage items. On those devices they found numerous downloaded pornographic images with children under the age of 18.
Sheriff Lynn Nelson said investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, also known as ICAC originally received a tip that Pence was downloading child pornography at his home.
“It’s a process we follow through that is part of this ICAC team,” said Nelson. “It comes out of the AG’s office and the F.B.I. and stuff like that and so as they locate these situations then they pass this information onto us and then we have the ability to follow up on it and act on it.”
Nelson said none of the images found were of local victims. It appears that all of the images were downloaded off the internet.
Pence was booked into the Cache County Jail. He is being charged with 10 counts of exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies.
Nelson said this is one of the hardest areas for law enforcement.
“These types of crimes we’re seeing a steady increase, in sexual crimes against children,” said Nelson. “This is included in those types of crimes.”
Pence has been denied bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in 1st District Court next week.
Nelson said “for our office to proactively investigate and make an arrest in this case is significant to the safety and quality of life in our valley. I am confident that this investigation saved future victims”.