PARENT ALERT: Utah man uses social media to lure SLC child for sex, police say


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Jonathan Alberto Maldonaldo-Perez mugshot (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

A 22-year-old Utah man is in police custody after attempting to lure what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Jonathan Maldonado-Perez was arrested Thursday on several felony charges for trying to entice a minor for sex.

According to Salt Lake City police, Maldonado-Perez began chatting on an unnamed social media site with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was really an undercover cop.

Police say the 22-year-old man was told the girl was 13 prior to anything sexual being discussed.

Police say during the chat Maldonado-Perez sent three pictures of his penis, as well as a video of him having sex.

Maldonado-Perez also asked for the girl to send him nude photos before he asked her to meet up for sex, according to police.

When Maldonado-Perez arrived at what he thought was the girl’s home in Salt Lake City, he found police waiting for him.

Police say Maldonado-Perez admitted to sending the photos and video of himself, as well as knowing he was meeting up with a 13-year-old for sex.

Maldonado-Perez faces the follow felony charges:

  • Entice a minor by internet or text
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • 4 counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor

You can read the entire probable cause statement below.




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