Payson man already in prison for enticing minor sentenced in separate, similar case

The 1st District Courthouse in Logan is pictured on Nov. 14, 2019. A Payson man already serving up to 30 years for enticing a minor has been given additional prison sentences in a separate case involving similar crimes.

The 1st District Courthouse in Logan is pictured on Nov. 14, 2019. A Payson man already serving up to 30 years for enticing a minor has been given additional prison sentences in a separate case involving similar crimes. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)



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LOGAN — A Payson man already serving up to 30 years for enticing a minor has been given additional prison sentences in a separate case involving similar crimes.

Brayden Tousley, 26, pleaded guilty in 1st District Court to two counts of enticing a minor by internet or text, a second-degree felony. In exchange, three additional counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

He was sentenced earlier this month to one to 15 years in prison on each count. A judge ordered that the sentences be served concurrent with his current prison sentence.

Tousley was first charged in January after police said they met up with him in an undercover operation where he believed he was arranging a meeting with a 13-year-old girl. After looking at his messages, police later learned that he had illegal sexual relations with a high school student, according to charging documents.

In that case, Tousley pleaded guilty to enticing a minor and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. In exchange for his pleas, a charge of rape of a child, a first-degree felony, was dismissed.

He was sentenced to terms of one to 15 years in prison for each of the five counts. Fourth District Judge Denise Porter ordered three of the counts to run consecutive to the other two.

The 1st District court charges were filed in February after separate undercover officers had arranged a meeting with Tousley, records show. They learned that he had been booked into the Utah County Jail when he did not show up.

In that case, Tousley believed he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl, according to an arrest report, and sent multiple sexually explicit messages. He also planned specifics of where to meet and what the girl should wear.

"For nearly a month's span, Brayden Tousley continued and maintained a sexually charged chat relationship with who he thought was a child," the court documents state. "He coached the child to not tell anyone about the chat, not tell the police, and not get caught by her mom. He clearly indicated he was aware this was a criminal act in the chats with the child."

At his 4th District court sentencing in May, Tousley told the judge he has personal goals to improve himself, repair damage to his relationships and help others stay away from acting without thinking as he did.

"It might sound strange, but I needed this," he said. "I needed to right from this terrible action that I've caused."

He said he has learned to change his thoughts through a class he has taken, and that he wants victims to receive therapy and help.

"I trust that whatever needs to happen will happen, and I'm ready to heal in whichever way is possible," Tousley said before his sentence was issued.

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