Salt Lake man pleads guilty to seducing local teenage boy

LOGAN — A 63-year-old Salt Lake City man has confessed to attempting to seduce a Cache County teenager to have sex with him.  Carl Callahan accepted a plea deal with prosecutors, less than two-weeks after he was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail.

Callahan appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon.  He pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor over the internet, a second-degree felony.  As part of the agreement, prosecutors also dropped a remaining charge against him.

Sheriff’s deputies 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 the investigation, Callahan is an acquaintance of the victim’s family.  The messages were being exchanged around June 2018.

Callahan spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s court appearance, saying he was willing to give up his rights to a trial in exchange for the plea agreement.  He also acknowledged that the guilty charge could carry a possible prison sentence.

Judge Kevin Allen scheduled sentencing for March 18.   He also ordered probation agents to complete a pre-sentence report about Callahan’s criminal history.

Callahan remains in the jail on $100,000 bail.  He could face up to 15-years in prison.

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