Nevada man caught in Utah sting sentenced to federal prison

James Allen Wynhoff. Photo: Washington County

ST. GEORGE, Utah, June 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to federal prison after being found guilty of traveling to Utah to meet with someone he believed was a minor in order to have sex.

James Allen Wynhoff, 37, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. He also was ordered to undergo a sex-offender treatment program and a substance abuse program.

After his release, he will be supervised for up to 20 years, and will have to register as a sex offender.

Wynhoff was arrested in Hurricane on Nov. 18, 2018, after being caught in a sting by a Davis County Sheriff’s official posing as a 13-year-old girl.

According to a probable cause statement in the case, Wynhoff and the law enforcement official communicated through social media. Wynhoff asked questions about the “girl”‘s sexual history, and asked for photos of her. He also sent a photo of male genitalia, the statement says.

After arranging a meeting in Hurricane, Wynhoff showed up at the appointed time and was taken into police custody, the statement says.

Wynhoff will serve his prison time either in Englewood, Colorado, or Seagoville, Texas, ordered by the judge because those facilities offer intensive sex-offender treatment programs.


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