Jed Boal ReportingThe Summit County Sheriff has locked up a man they call a major child predator, a man they say picked up kids, sexually molested them, and even fantasized about killing children. There are more alleged victims and more charges to come as investigators continue to work the case.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office says Billy Dan Clark could be the largest scale child molester the county has ever seen. Court papers filed last week spell out how Clark confessed to molesting an 11-year old boy while camping in the Uinta Mountains, and investigators say there are more victims.
Summit County Deputies had their eyes on Billy Dan Clark.
Dave Booth, Summit County Sheriff's Chief Deputy: “We feel we’ve taken a very dangerous individual off the streets and incarcerated him.”
For nine months, people in the Kamas Valley were cautious after several children said a man had tried to lure them into his car. Ten days ago a tip led police to Clark who was following children at a park. Deputies say they found porn in his car, brought him in and he confessed to molesting an 11-year-old boy while camping in the Uintas in late August.
Police quickly ruled out any connection to the disappearance of Garrett Bardsley. Clark was allegedly molesting the boy during that time frame. According to court papers, Clark "admitted to having a problem with the sexual interest of children”, that things got "out of hand" while he was camping with the boy, and "he became sexually aroused."
Dave Booth: “We didn't know how large scale he was, and the things he was thinking about doing, and the things we've unearthed. We didn't have any clue of what he was capable of until we pulled him in and started interviewing him, talking with him and pinning him down on certain crimes."
Clark also told investigators he fantasized about strangling a young girl in the North Summit area. Investigators have already found seven other victims and expect to find more.
Wasatch County and the FBI are also considering charges. Clark already faces three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four other related charges, but the Chief Deputy says more charges will come.