Utah man traded booze for sex with teen girls, police say

Utah man traded booze for sex with teen girls, police say

(Salt Lake County Sheriff)

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KEARNS — Police arrested a man who they say was exchanging alcohol for sexual favors from teenage girls.

Benjamin Hunter Grayson, 23, was arrested Sunday for investigation of furnishing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, enticing a minor and unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old.

The investigation began when three girls between the ages of 14 and 17 were found to be in possession of alcohol. Upon further investigation, detectives learned that “Benjamin Grayson had obtained the alcohol for the minors in exchange for sexual activity. Evidence discovered this has occurred more than once,” according to a police affidavit.

The parents of one of the girls found out what had happened and contacted Grayson while pretending to be their daughter, according to police.

“Benjamin arrived at the residence under the impression he would be meeting one of the juveniles for sexual activity and was confronted once he approached the residence,” the affidavit states.

Grayson ran off once he discovered it was a setup, but was taken into custody a short time later by an officer responding to the scene.

Detectives said they were trying to determine Wednesday whether there are additional victims.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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