UTAH COUNTY, Utah, July 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A former middle school teacher from Utah County was arrested Monday after allegedly sending nude pictures of tattooed women to a 16-year-old girl and providing her with alcohol.
A probable cause statement from Utah County said Jefferson Hendricks Hall, 38, from American Fork, is facing two charges of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony, as well as one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.
Officials received a child abuse neglect report concerning a 16-year-old girl that was possibly being sexually enticed by a former middle school teacher, identified as Hall.
“The victim was interviewed at the Children’s Justice Center where she disclosed that Jefferson Hall had been messaging her outside of school,” the statement said. “The victim advised that they spoke about tattoos, games, family life, and sex (but not with each other). The victim stated that Jefferson Hall had sent her some pictures of naked girls with tattoos.”
The victim showed officials the messages between her and Hall. One of the photographs showed a woman with tattoos on her private parts, the statement said, and Hall had allegedly included the message: “What’s your opinion about tattoos in that area?”
The victim also spoke about an incident where she had spent the night at Hall’s home.
“The victim advised that Jefferson had given an alcoholic drink that tasted like grape,” the statement said. “The victim stated that when Jefferson Hall and his family went to bed, she started drinking alcohol from a cabinet in the home. The victim stated that she texted him about drinking. Jefferson Hall texted back and said ‘O I want to see you drunk or buzzed.'”
The victim stated that Hall came down downstairs and provided her “more whiskey.”
On Monday, Hall was taken into custody during a traffic stop. He was brought to the Provo Police Department where he was advised of his Miranda rights, which he waived. Hall said that he had been talking to the victim via text and social media for some time, but it was only recently that they had been talking “about personal things.”
Hall said he spoke to the girl about her sexual relationship with her boyfriend and how she felt used sometimes.
He also stated “that he sent her tattooed pictures but didn’t remember sending her ones of nude females.” He added that the pictures that he did send were of females covered up or their private parts were blurred.
Hall advised that he has had similar conversations with other students of his.
He was transported to the Utah County Jail with his bail set at $7,500.