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More sex charges filed

Orem foster father is now accused of abusing 2 minors

PROVO — Last week, an Orem photographer entered a guilty plea in federal court to charges of producing and distributing pornographic pictures of one of his foster children.

This week, he faces more charges: He's accused of sexually abusing two minors.

Two first-degree felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, first-degree felonies, have been filed in Provo's 4th District Court against Joseph Paul Durborow, 41.

Deputy Utah County attorney David Sturgill said during the course of the investigation into Durborow's child pornography operation, evidence was found that indicated two girls had been sexually abused by Durborow.

At that point, federal prosecutors continued to move forward with charges for producing and distributing the photos.

Sturgill said the alleged physical sex abuse is considered a violation of state laws and that's why it's being handled at a later time in a state court.

According to federal court documents, Durborow photographed minor females, including his 12-year-old adopted daughter, engaged in explicit sexual acts.

From December 1999 to January 2002, Durborow and 19 other defendants exchanged pornographic photos via the Internet and U.S. mail.

He was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit children.

Sturgill said two underage victims were allegedly touched and fondled by Durborow during July 2002, shortly before he was arrested in August.

When arrested, Durborow and his wife had guardianship of 12 children, 10 of which still reside with Durborow's wife, according to Utah's Department of Child and Family Services.

In court Wednesday, Durborow's wife and other family members declined to comment about the new charges pending against him.

Durborow was scheduled to appear in the Provo court Wednesday, but the proper paperwork had not been filed with the federal system to have Durborow transported to Provo. Another appearance has been scheduled for April 23.

Sturgill said the charges were enhanced to first-degree felonies because, under Utah law, Durborow held a special position of trust as a foster parent.

If convicted, he faces up to life in state prison for each count.

Durborow is in federal custody and will undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation before he is sentenced on the child-porn charges.


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