Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 7, 2013
Stansbury Park man pleads guilty to child sexual abuse and child porn

John Clayton

John Clayton

A Stansbury Park man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of sexually abusing children and producing child pornography.

John Clayton, 29, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography Thursday. The single charge was a reduction from four counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography that were originally charged against him in U.S. District Court in February.

However, as part of the plea, Clayton admitted he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with four children for the purpose of making child pornography.

Clayton was originally arrested last October for allegedly sexually abusing a child, and was charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, in 3rd District Court.

During the course of the investigation into that crime, detectives found evidence suggesting Clayton had further sexual offenses.

In January, more district court charges filed — two counts of rape of a child, a first degree felony, for allegedly abusing that child and another child. The investigation also revealed child pornography, including some with those two victims, that Clayton had himself manufactured, putting the case into federal jurisdiction. Those cases were both dismissed when Clayton was federally indicted in mid-February.

Sentencing for the pleaded charge is scheduled for July 16. Clayton could receive up to a 30-year sentence, but will have to serve a minimum of 15 years in federal prison, as well as pay a $250,000 fine. After being released from federal prison, Clayton could have supervised release for life.

Clayton is also required to register as a sex offender, as well as pay restitution and forfeit the objects — a computer, two cameras, a cell phone and two storage devices — used in the commission of the crime.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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