Moab man faces exploitation charges
by Rudy Herndon
Staff Writer
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A 24-year-old Moab man is due in 7th District Court next week to face numerous alleged child pornography-related charges.

Jeffrey Thomas Reed has been charged with 11 second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with a case prosecutors say involves pornographic materials allegedly depicting children.

Reed made his first appearance before 7th District Judge Lyle Anderson on Dec. 3, and he is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 17 for a preliminary hearing. He currently remains in custody, according to district court records.

Copies of a Moab Police Department search warrant that led to Reed’s arrest were not available as of press time. But charges filed with the court by Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald allege that Reed knowingly possessed, produced, or possessed child pornography with the intent to distribute, and that he knowingly or intentionally distributed or viewed it.

Fitzgerald told The Times-Independent on Dec. 11 that he could not discuss the case at length. However, he said that a major part of the case involves the alleged possession of illegal materials.

Grand County Public Defender Don Torgerson will be serving as Reed’s attorney, based on the court’s finding that the defendant is indigent.

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