Man faces 25 felonies for alleged sex crimes against children, police seek help finding other victims

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WEBER COUNTY, Utah – A man has been booked into the Weber County Jail and faces 20 charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and five charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

Formal charges have not yet been filed against Jared Byron Hoopes, 34, but a document indicates he was booked into jail Wednesday, and that documents lists 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor as second-degree felonies and five counts of sexual abuse of a child, which are also second-degree felonies.

The investigation was initiated by the Utah Attorney General Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to a statement of probable cause from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Morgan County. Police located digital media that contained images and videos of female children being sexually abused.

According to the document, “The female children were positively identified. I was reviewing one of the videos and observed Jared Hoopes sexually abusing a female child. I located several videos depicting Jared Hoopes sexually abusing a female child.”

Jessica Farnsworth, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander, said they have identified some of the victims in the videos and images but are still working to identify some of the victims.

“When we started going through the media devices, we noticed and saw images of him sexually abusing children,” she said. “And we’re asking the public’s assistance. If they have any information on this case or if they have any potential victims please contact us on our tip line… We need the public’s help to identify these kids.”

The tip line for ICAC is: 801-281 -1211.

The statement of probable cause indicates more than 20 images and videos of female children being sexually exploited were found during the search.  FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.




  • Trish Ramirez

    Another Utah pedo who will probably get away with a slap on the wrist because this state doesn’t mind child abuse.

    • bob

      One of my favorite hobbies is reality-checking your hate-fueled rants. As usual, you’re wrong: Utah’s average length of incarceration for child sexual abuse is slightly above average, nationally.

      Not nearly long enough, but that’s a NATIONAL problem, not a Utah problem. No state takes it seriously.

      • Trish Ramirez

        Are we factoring in all of the cases that never make it to court because somebody’s bishop thinks a fellow mormon male will be better served by keeping the allegations behind closed doors? Or all of the little girl mommies in Santaquin and Hilldale? The ones the State turns a blind eye to?

        How about the cases of abuse that are CLEARLY the fault of the victim, because if she had been dressing more modestly or had made better choices, she never would have been molested in the first place?

        Utah’s patriarchal religious society makes it a hot bed of pedophilia that never even gets reported, let alone prosecuted. The most egregious cases that no one’s bishop can hide or when someone’s children finally get fed up and decide to go against doctrine and involve the State in rebellion against a priesthood holder or when a wife finally packs her children up and gets away from this system that glorifies men who actually believe they are on the way to gawdhood and can therefore do no wrong that can’t be repented for and forgotten about get penalized harsher, perhaps, than the cases in other states. Because Utah likes to look pretty on the surface and keep things behind closed doors and can’t stand being blemished by good little mormon pedos.

      • Bob

        Nothing in this story suggests that this man is a Mormon. Your hate is a picture into the depths of your soul, and quite frankly it isn’t very pretty. Personally I find it rather amusing.

      • Trish Ramirez

        I didn’t say dude was mormon. I said the culture in this state allows for a lot of craziness to permeate that would otherwise be shaken out. Too many skeletons in the closet. Too many things not spoken of. It is what this culture is built on. Secrecy and lies.

      • bob

        You are one sad, sick individual. And as wrong as you can be.

        Have you ever considered venturing outside your Utah cocoon to see what the world is really like? It would do you good.

      • AnotherBob

        Trish must be referring to the safety she finds in Redmond, California. That was where a 15-year old girl was raped repeatedly by a group of young males in a courtyard on the school campus while everybody else stood around and watched.

        Yes, Trish, we do have different standards here. In Utah the responding police would be thinking witnesses who had already dealt with the suspects.

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