LOGAN — A day after Lonnie Nyman was arrested and charged with attempting to have sex with a teenage boy, Utah State University issued a safety alert, stating the owner and president of Nyman Funeral Home may try to threaten students or staff. The Code Blue Alert was emailed by USU Police Chief Mike Kuehn, Wednesday afternoon.
The message read, “Nyman has ties to campus community members, and may pose a threat to them and others.” The email also included a copy of Nyman’s jail booking photo. It asked anyone who sees the suspect on campus to call police immediately and not approach him.
Nyman was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Cache County Jail. The 44-year-old Milleville man was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, witness tampering and obstruction of justice, all third-degree felonies; and two counts of enticing a minor, a class A misdemeanor. He was later released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.
Police allege that Nyman contacted a boy through a social media app, commonly used to arrange sexual encounters. He exchanged explicit pictures and videos with the boy, and later arranged a time to meet up with him.
Detectives began investigating Nyman after a family member found photos of the teen on the suspect’s computer tablet. The iPad was given to an attorney, Tess A. Davis, who was representing the family in a separate legal matter.
The victim told deputies about the relationship and claimed that when the two met, he became uncomfortable with the suspect’s behavior and left before engaging in any sexual conduct.
Authorities later learned that as the investigation continued, Nyman allegedly contacted the victim on the same app again, telling him that his family had found out about their relationship. He later called the boy and told him that if anyone questioned him, he should lie and say, “all we did was visit.”
Prosecutors have also charged the defense attorney, Davis, for failing to cooperate with the investigation. Both Davis and Nyman are expected to be formally arraigned in 1st District Court soon.
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.