By Wednesday morning last week, Utah investigators had placed three individuals behind bars in three unrelated investigations into child pornography.
Monday, 57-year-old Cameron Garrett Boren of Vernal, Utah was arrested by Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force officers. On Thursday he was formally charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to Desert News, Born allegedly told police that he had about 100 images of child pornography on his computer.
“Cameron advised that he figured something like this was going to happen and contemplated coming down to the police department and turning himself in for the conduct,” according to a police affidavit. “Cameron advised that he knows what he did was wrong and he feels that he needs help for this, and labeled it an addiction." Desert News further states that “Cameron advised that he partially blames Google for making it so easy and also blames his drinking.”
20-year-old resident of Salt Lake City, Roberto Lopez Hernandez, was arrested on Tuesday and booked on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Internet Crimes task force began investigating Hernandez in October after dozens of images were reported in a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search warrant was also executed on Hernandez's residence Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, “Evidence of child pornography was found on Mr. Hernandez’s iPhone,” which amounted to “approximately 100 files of child pornography.”
“Of the images identified as child pornography, almost every victim depicted in the child pornography, both in the charged and uncharged images, range in age from approximately 33 months to 2 years old,” the charges state.
Investigators found this particularly disturbing since Hernandez is said to watch children under 5 years of age. His bond has been set at $500,000.
Wednesday morning, 28-year-old Mariah Butler of Layton, Utah was arrested for advertising and sharing videos depicting child rape and sexual abuse on "a social media application commonly used for the sexual exploitation of children."
When questioned by local media, investigators declined requests to name the app that Butler was using citing ongoing investigations into other users.
Butler was charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after investigators found videos of child rape of "prepubescent age children including infants and toddlers, who were being sexually abused by adults and other children."
Butler is said to have admitted to police that she viewed and downloaded child pornography.
She is being held in the Davis County Jail on $20,000 bond.