Northern Utah courts: 9 charged after undercover child sex abuse investigations

Monday , August 21, 2017 - 5:49 PM

NADIA PFLAUM, Standard-Examiner Staff

This is a weekly roundup of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for Aug. 14-18, 2017.

Davis County

Kyle James Poffenbarger, 26, was charged May 1 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, and four counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor by adult, a third-degree felony. Court documents state that in May 2016, Poffenbarger chatted online with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl, sending the officer links to pornography and photos of himself. From December 2016 to July 2017, Poffenbarger allegedly chatted online with a second officer posing as a 13-year-old and sent at least four images of genitalia to the officer.

Shonesha Shantae Jackson, 43, was charged July 7 with aggravated assault involving domestic violence, a third-degree felony, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred June 14. Clearfield police said Jackson choked the victim and threatened the victim with a knife. Her initial appearance is scheduled for Oct. 23. 

Zachary Todd Carlos, 31, was charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, on Aug. 14. Investigators with the Child Exploitation Task Force said Carlos was arrested after he showed up to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old boy for sex. He had allegedly been chatting online with an undercover federal agent posing as the 13-year-old. 

Bozhidar David Petajan, 34, has been charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. An investigating officer with the Child Exploitation Task Force said he posed as a 13-year-old boy online. Police say Petajan agreed to meet the decoy 13-year-old for oral sex in Farmington and was arrested upon arrival Aug. 1. Formal charges were filed Aug. 14. 

Jacob Robert Eyster, 20, was charged Aug. 16 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, and dealing in material harmful to a minor by adult, a third-degree felony. According to a probable cause statement, an officer with the Child Exploitation Task Force posed as a 13-year-old girl online and chatted with Eyster, who sent the officer a photo of his genitals and arranged to meet for sex. Eyster was arrested in Farmington with condoms, marijuana and rope, police said. 

Robert Anthony Castro, 35, was charged Aug. 15 with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, after allegedly robbing a Chevron gas station attendant at gunpoint in Kaysville on July 27. The store’s surveillance footage captured the robbery, and Castro was arrested in Bannock County. 

Weber County

Jose Roberto Mejia, 53, was charged Aug. 11 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, and giving false personal identity to a peace officer, a Class C misdemeanor. Charging documents say the previous day, Mejia chatted online with a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force who was pretending to be a 13-year-old girl. Mejia showed up at the prearranged location for sex and was arrested, the court records say. Mejia gave a false name to investigating officers, the documents say. 

Monty Robinson, 39, was charged with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. On Aug. 10, Robinson allegedly began communicating with an undercover officer who identified himself as a 13-year-old girl. Robinson asked the girl to meet for sex and was arrested in the prearranged location in the same car he had identified in online conversation with the officer, police said. He was charged the following day.

Eli Alan Goich, 51, was charged Aug. 14 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. Goich “had previously been on the sex offender registry and had recently completed his time on it,” charging documents say. Goich allegedly communicated with an officer pretending to be a 13-year-old boy and arranged to meet for sex. He was arrested Aug. 11 in Ogden City at the predetermined location.

Phillip James Elmer, 37, was charged Aug. 14 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. On Aug. 10 he allegedly responded to a Craigslist ad and received a phone number that he believed belonged to a 13-year-old girl. However, it actually belonged to an Internet Crimes Against Children agent. Elmer is accused of arranging to meet the 13-year-old decoy for sex and was arrested at the predetermined location. 

Juan Antonio Pacheco, 29, was charged Aug. 14 with enticing a minor, a second-degree felony. On Aug. 9, Pacheco was emailing back and forth with an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old female, according to court documents. They allegedly made arrangements to meet for sex at an address in Ogden, where Pacheco was arrested by agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Jordan Cory Riley, 26, of Ogden, was charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, after being accused of pulling out a handgun and threatening to kill a woman Aug. 18. The woman told police Riley was very drunk and possibly on drugs, court records say. Riley was charged the same day. 

Contact reporter Nadia Pflaum at npflaum@standard.net or 801-625-4252. Follow her on Twitter at @NadiaPflaum.

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