Salt Lake judge revokes bail for Lonnie Nyman

Booking photo for Lonnie Nyman (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

A judge has revoked bail for Lonnie Nyman, owner and president of Nyman Funeral Home. The 44-year-old Millville man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Friday afternoon, where he will remain while his criminal case plays out in court.

Nyman has been charged with 19 counts including sexual exploitation of a minor, pattern of unlawful activity, tampering with a witness, obstruction of justice and other offenses. Last week he was charged with three new counts of violating a protective order, a class A misdemeanor, after state prosecutors alleged he attempted multiple times to contact a witness in one of the cases.

Court records show, Nyman appeared in 3rd District Court Friday afternoon. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Utah Attorney General assistant Ryan Holtan previously filed a motion to revoke Nyman’s bail, citing multiple violations of his pre-trial supervision. He concluded, “the defendant is a danger and risk to the public, as reflected by his ongoing and continued criminal conduct.”

During Friday’s hearing, Judge Vernice Trease ruled in favor of Holtan’s motion. She issued a no bail bench warrant for Nyman, meaning he will now remain behind bars. She also ordered him to appear again in court May 3.

Nyman was originally arrested October 30, suspected of contacting a boy through a social media app commonly used to arrange sexual encounters. Detectives began investigating him after a family member found photos of the teen on the suspect’s computer tablet.

Authorities later learned that as the investigation started, 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.”

Police arrested Nyman a second time in November. He was suspected of writing fraudulent checks when he tried to post bail the first time.

In January, the cases was transferred to Salt Lake County. Nyman faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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