Salt Lake man arrested and charged with seducing local teenage boy

LOGAN — A 63-year-old Salt Lake City man has been arrested on suspicion that he tried to seduce a Cache County teenager to have sex with him. Carl Callahan was booked into the Cache County Jail, Monday afternoon.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said they began investigating Callahan after the teenage boy’s parents contacted detectives. They claimed the suspect used a messaging app to send inappropriate material, in an attempt to groom the victim.

According to reports, Callahan is an acquaintance of the victim’s family. The messages were being exchanged around June 2018.

Peck said even though it appeared from the messages that Callahan wanted to have sex with the teen, he never did.

The Cache County Attorney’s Office filed charges against Callahan Thursday morning. They included one count of enticing a minor over the internet, a second-degree felony; and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony. Both carry a possible prison sentence.

Callahan was arraigned in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon. He appeared by video from jail.

Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar asked for the court to set Callahan’s bail as high as possible. She explained how he has prior sex assault convictions involving teenage boys.

Judge Brian Cannell set bail at $100,000. He assigned Callahan a public defender and ordered him to appear again in court Monday afternoon.

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