West Point 18-year-old accused of enticing minor online, holding her against her will

Davis County Sheriff's vehicle. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Nancy Van Valkenburg

WEST POINT, Utah, April 29, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Davis County Sheriff‘s Office arrested an 18-year-old convicted felon for allegedly enticing a minor online and holding her against her will for sex.

The man was booked into jail Thursday where he faces multiple charges, the most serious  aggravated kidnapping, which can bring a life prison term.

Detectives were alerted Tuesday to reports Samuel Cryder had allegedly used social media and text messages to coerce a minor female to meet up twice, despite learning the victim was under the age of 15, according to a sheriff’s office statement posted on Twitter.

Cryder traveled to Davis County to meet the victim at her school, where he held the victim against her will and sexually assaulted her, the DCSO tweet said . Cryder then allegedly coerced the victim to meet up again the following day, also at the victim’s school, where he again assaulted her.

After the second meeting, Cryder attempted to arrange a third meet-up with the victim; however, the meeting did not happen, as the sheriff’s office was by then involved.

When detained by investigators, Cryder admitted to knowing the victim was under the age of 15 and acknowledged sexually abusing the minor with the use of force.

Cryder acknowledged victimizing a second juvenile, according to the sheriff’s post. Detectives are still working to identify the second victim.

“In conjunction with our victim’s services program, the Davis County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing support during, and information about, the criminal justice process to victims of sexual assault. If you have additional information on Cryder or his other victims, please contact Davis Dispatch at 801-451-4150 and reference case number D22-4210.”

Cryder has been booked and charged with the following:

  • Forcible sexual abuse, second-degree felony
  • Enticement of a minor by internet or text, third-degree felony
  • Enticement of a minor by internet or text, second-degree felony
  • Aggravated kidnapping, first-degree felony
  • Dealing in materials harmful to a minor, third-degree felony
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree felony

According to court records, Cryder recently pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge stemming from an arrest late last year.


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