Police: Utah man paid teen for nude photo shoot, then raped her

Police: Utah man paid teen for nude photo shoot, then raped her

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl after he paid her $500 to do a nude and semi-nude photo shoot a decade ago has been arrested by police.

Brandon Scott Lansing, 37, of West Valley City, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Monday for investigation of rape of a child, sex abuse of a child and 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a a minor.

The investigation began in December when a woman disclosed to a family member that more than a decade ago, when she was about 13, Lansing — who was either 24 or 25 at the time — “asked her if he could get sexual photographs of her and offered her $500 for them,” according to a police affidavit.

Lansing picked up the girl, went to the liquor store, then went to his house where they consumed alcohol before taking numerous pictures, the affidavit states.

“Brandon began taking photographs of her with his camera, with and without her clothes/underwear on while directing her on various positions/poses he wanted her to be in,” according to the affidavit.

Lansing then raped the girl, gave her a CD of the photographs he had taken and paid her $500, the affidavit states.

When interviewed by police, the girl said she had lost the CD but had printed some pictures off of it, according to the affidavit. She gave detectives a scrapbook with the title “secret scrapbook” written on the front and 10 pieces of paper, each containing two printed images of the photos Lansing allegedly took.

On Monday, police went to Lansing’s house near 3200 South and 4800 West and arrested him.

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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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