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FARMINGTON — A man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl he met online has now been linked to a second alleged victim.

Phillip Brandon Stokes, 40, of South Weber, could now spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted of the charges filed against him on Thursday.

Stokes is charged in 2nd District Court with rape of a child, sodomy on a child, and five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies; four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and enticing a minor, second-degree felonies; and four counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor, a third-degree felony.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office started investigating the case on July 27 after receiving a report of a 40-year-old man who was communicating with an 11-year-old girl on TikTok.

Police say Stokes befriended the girl in March and told her he was 16. In July, Stokes allegedly told the girl to communicate with him through a separate texting app. Within three hours of the girl contacting Stokes on the app, the conversation became sexual and Stokes began to "aggressively and persistently" ask for inappropriate pictures, according to charging documents.

He then convinced the girl to meet him at a park in Davis County where he sexually assaulted her, the charges allege.

After he was arrested, "Stokes told officers that during the past few years, he has chatted with other children on various social media platforms and has received multiple nude photographs from various children he has chatted with," according to the charges.

Stokes also told police that he "groomed and sexually abused" a second girl, the court documents say. Police say that girl was under the age of 10 when the abuse started in 2018.

Police fear there could be additional victims. Prosecutors have requested that Stokes be held in jail without the opportunity to post bail.

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


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