By John W. Yelland, KUTV, 2/19/2018
Six men were arrested in Paragonah as a result of a child sex crime sting. The suspects had made arrangements to have sex with 13-year-old girls. The joint criminal operation was conducted by Parowan authorities alongside authorities from Iron, Garfield and Beaver counties, and others.
The joint operation used a confidential informant to place an ad on websites known to produce child trafficking activities and child predators. The ad used in the sting had a picture of two young girls, with a phone number and a link to other sites. The suspects all traveled to Paragonah, where they met with a confidential informant and agreed to have sex with one or more 13-year-old girls.
Money was exchanged, and conversations had with the suspects laid out ground rules and confirmation of the sex acts to be performed.