Smithfield man arrested for downloading child porn now faces child sex abuse charges

LOGAN — A 43-year-old Smithfield man, previously arrested for downloading child pornography, now has been charged with multiple counts of sexually abusing a child.

Daniel Stapley appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. Judge Thomas Willmore scheduled a preliminary hearing for February 23, when state attorneys will present their evidence in the three cases. At that time, the judge will determine if the defendant will be bound over for trial.

Stapley was originally arrested after investigators received evidence that he was accessing images of child porn over the internet. Deputies served a search warrant to his parent’s home, where he was currently living in the basement. They seized his smart phone and took it as evidence. He was later charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

On February 6, Stapley was arrested while out on bond. State attorneys filed four new charges against him, including aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony and a misdemeanor of lewdness involving a child.

During Monday’s court appearance, Judge Willmore ordered Stapley to remain in jail on a new bail of $40,000.

Stapley could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

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