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Taylorsville man arrested for making child porn

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Nov. 22, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.



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TAYLORSVILLE — A former hospital employee and former Boy Scout leader has been charged with making and possessing child pornography.

Shawn Thomas Whiting, 33, of Taylorsville, was arrested Nov. 17 after investigators with the Utah Attorney General's Office found he had hundreds of sexually explicit photographs of young boys. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force said Tuesday it found photos of six to eight different boys who appear to be about 8 to 10 years old.


ICAC believes Whiting was "making child pornography," according to a statement from spokesman Scott Troxel with the attorney general's office. The abuse for the one victim allegedly occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 20.

Investigators were able to identify one of the boys and charged Whiting in 3rd District Court with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. Assistant attorney general Paul Amann said the 20 counts represent a fraction of the numerous pictures investigators discovered of the young victim. The boy in the photographs appears to be 8 years old, he said. Although law enforcers had identified the boy, they had not interviewed him as of Tuesday.

The child pornography pictures found in Whiting's home appear to have been taken inside a house, but Amann said investigators were still working Tuesday to identify the house.

Law enforcers are now asking for the public's help to find the other potential victims.

Information
Anyone with information about Whiting or any of the victims can call ICAC at 801-281-1211.

ICAC believes Whiting was "making child pornography," according to a statement from spokesman Scott Troxel with the attorney general's office. The abuse for the one victim allegedly occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 20.

Amann said Whiting held a position of special trust over his alleged victim. Although he declined to give additional details Tuesday about what that position was, he said as of Tuesday there was no evidence to suggest anyone connected to the hospital or the Boy Scouts was abused.

Alta View Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez released a brief statement Tuesday regarding Whiting.

"Mr. Whiting was employed in the registration offices for Intermountain Healthcare. He was not a specific employee of Alta View Hospital. He did not provide any patient care. To our knowledge and according to investigators, none of the alleged criminal acts occurred in the workplace. We will continue to fully cooperate with investigators in any way possible."


But because Whiting would have had access to young boys through the Scout program, investigators are asking anyone who may have information about Whiting to step forward.

But because Whiting would have had access to young boys through the Scout program, investigators are asking anyone who may have information about Whiting to step forward.

Whiting was arrested after undercover agents got him to trade child pornography files over the Internet. He was arrested at his home where he lives with his mother, who was unaware of his illegal activity, Amann said.

A full forensics examine of Whiting's computer was being conducted by investigators to look for additional evidence.

Anyone with information about Whiting or any of the alleged victims can call ICAC at 801-281-1211.

If convicted, Whiting could be sentenced to up to 15 years for each count. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

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Pat Reavy

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