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Additional abuse charges filed for Heber City bounce house operator

Additional abuse charges filed for Heber City bounce house operator

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HEBER CITY — Two additional charges were filed Wednesday against a Heber City bounce house businessman accused of sexually abusing young boys.

Bryce Johnson, 33, was charged Wednesday with one first-degree felony count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child — his fourth — as well as one count of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Johnson is the owner and operator of Fun Stuff LLC, which runs Heber Bounce, a company that includes a bounce house, waterslide and other components catering to children, police said.

According to an affidavit filed Wednesday, Johnson was at an ice rink with a 10-year-old boy sometime in January when he told the boy "he was the cutest kid in the world," then touched him inappropriately.

A police affidavit filed with the original three charges alleges Johnson paid three boys to pose for partially nude pictures and perform sexual acts on each other while Johnson watched.

According to the affidavit, as Johnson drove one boy home from his house, he rubbed his hand on the boy's leg while "instructing him to tell his mom he earned the money by working putting up bounce houses."

"He told him this several times, asking him over and over again, 'Now, how are you going to tell your mom you earned the money?'" according to the affidavit.

Another boy told police that Johnson offered him $50 to "make out with him," the affidavit alleges. The boy reported he knew of at least six other juveniles who Johnson had offered to pay in exchange for cuddling or kissing him, according to the affidavit.

Police have said they suspect additional children may have been victimized by Johnson, asking parents to call the Heber City Police Department at 435-657-7971 immediately if their children disclose abuse.

A bail hearing for Johnson is scheduled for June 28.

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