Judge threatens to drop child porn case if prosecutors can’t produce evidence

Booking photo for Jeffrey L. Detton (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — After several delays, a judge has threatened to dismiss the child pornography case against Jeffrey L. Detton unless prosecutors can produce their evidence. The 33-year-old former Logan resident is accused of downloading child porn on his cell phone more than five years ago.

Defense attorneys for Detton appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. They told Judge Brian Cannell that after a year they still haven’t received a forensics report from their client’s phone. They requested the case be dismissed.

Judge Cannell said he was inclined to dismiss the charges if evidence can’t be provided by next month. He set a deadline for July 11.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray, who recently took over the case, admitted that it has been postponed for years. He told the court that if he could not provide the evidence to defense attorneys, he would file a motion to dismiss the charges.

Court records show charges and an arrest warrant were originally filed against Detton in March 2015. He wasn’t arrested until August 1, 2017, when he was found living in Riverton.

Detton has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.


will@cvradio.com

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