RICHFIELD — A U.S. Marine recruiter has been charged with soliciting minors after allegedly sending sexual texts to a pair of teenage girls he met at a high school.
Levi Austin Schied, 26, of Orem, is charged in 6th District Court in Richfield with two counts of criminal solicitation and enticing a minor by texting, both class A misdemeanors.
On April 26, Schied, who is listed as a Marine recruiter in court documents, walked out of Richfield High School with two 15-year-old girls. He allegedly made sexual comments to both girls, the charges state.
Later that night, Schied friended one of the girls on Facebook and sent her a message inquiring whether he could ask her a "personal" question" that was "kinda like what we talked about today after school," according to charging documents.
The girl rejected the conversation by replying, "I'm not exactly single and I thought we made that clear."
Schied then allegedly began texting the second 15-year-old girl. The girl's father later told police that "over 70 texts" were sent between the two of them, the charges state. But the girl later deleted the texts, police say.
In an interview with investigators, Schied said "he used sexual language" when talking to the teens, but "never said he wanted sex from them," according to the charges.
A call placed to a commander with the U.S. Marines recruiting office in Utah was not immediately returned Thursday.
Schied is the third military recruiter charged in the past five months with enticing, or engaging in sexual relations with teens in high school.
Brian Joseph Dragon, 32, of Herriman, was charged in December with three counts of rape, a first-degree felony. Dragon was a U.S. Army recruiter who taught a class at Tooele High School. He is accused of engaging in an illegal sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, with the alleged sexual activity taking place in a portable classroom at Tooele High School.
In April, Kyle Ronald Ivory, 26, of South Jordan, was charged in 3rd District Court with sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and enticing a minor, a third-degree felony. Ivory, a recruiter with the Army National Guard, is accused of sending text messages and pictures to a 17-year-old girl that were sexual in nature.