SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 27, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Salt Lake County man was booked into the Davis County Jail after making arrangements to meet with an undercover officer who portrayed himself as a 13-year-old girl.
A probable cause statement from the 2nd District Court of Farmington said the suspect, John Robin Beasley, 31, is being held without bail. He faces a charge of enticing a minor by text or Internet, a second-degree felony.
The arresting officer shared an account in the probable cause statement:
“Over the past couple weeks I have conducted an undercover operation where I utilized a popular chatting application and portrayed myself as a 13-year-old child. During this operation, I was contacted by a male with a username of ‘J.’ He was later identified as John Robin Beasley.”
During the chats, Beasley allegedly spoke about performing sexual acts on what he believed to be the 13-year-old child.
“He stated that he didn’t want to get caught, but wanted to meet to engage in sexual acts,” the statement said. “When he was arrested, a chat was sent to his profile and showed on the phone that he was carrying.”
Tuesday, Beasley asked to meet what he thought was the 13-year-old child outside a Layton church in Layton, in close proximity to a junior high school. He then drove to the location and was taken into custody. He refused to answer questions, the statement said.
The felony was committed while Beasley was on probation for prior DUI arrests.