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Ex-officer guilty of sending 'teen' porn

Douglas L. Paulsen
Douglas L. Paulsen

FARMINGTON — A man who worked as a West Valley police officer for 19 years now faces up to five years in prison after admitting that he sent pornographic material to an undercover officer who he thought was a teenage boy.

Douglas L. Paulsen, 41, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to one count of dealing in material harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony. In exchange for Paulsen's plea, Davis County prosecutors asked 2nd District Judge David Connors to dismiss five additional counts of dealing in material harmful to a minor, and one count of enticing a minor over the Internet, a class A misdemeanor.

Paulsen, who was the resource officer for Hunter High School at the time of his arrest in October, set up a meeting with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy and sent the "boy" pornographic images, according to court documents. The recipient, however, was an undercover investigator with the Layton Police Department who was working with the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

On Oct. 6, when Paulsen arrived at Layton Hills Mall to meet the "boy," officers were waiting and arrested him. Paulsen resigned from the police department days later. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 30.

— Geoff Liesik