LOGAN — A judge has granted Lonnie Nyman bail after the owner and president of Nyman Funeral Home was arrested for a third time last week. The 41-year-old Millville resident was booked into the Cache County Jail Thursday afternoon on suspicion of racketeering, communications fraud and other offenses.
Nyman appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He was arraigned on charges from his first arrest for allegedly attempting to have sex with a teenage boy.
Defense attorney Greg Law explained to the court that Nyman had already posted a $12,000 bond. He asked the court to either release his client or increase the bail amount so Nyman could continue to run his business.
State attorney Ryan Holtan asked the court to deny Nyman bail, noting that he has been charged with multiple felonies in multiple cases. He explained that the most recent allegations were that Nyman committed financial crimes to try and post the original bail amount.
Nyman was originally arrested October 30, suspected of contacting a boy through a social media app, commonly used to arrange sexual encounters. He exchanged explicit pictures and videos with the teen, and later arranged a time to meet up with him.
Detectives began investigating Nyman after a family member found photos of the boy on the suspect’s computer tablet.
During Monday’s court appearance, Judge Kevin Allen said he would allow Nyman to bail but increased the amount to $50,000. He also stated that if the suspect was able to post bail, he would be on house arrest and only be allowed to leave for work, or to attend counseling and religious services. He ordered him to appear again in court January 15.
Nyman was born and raised in Providence. He graduated from Mountain Crest High School, and later attended USU, before receiving a degree in Funeral Services from St. Petersburg College in Florida.