WEST JORDAN — A man accused of soliciting sex from a teenage girl he was recruiting for the armed services was given probation this week.
Kyle Ronald Ivory, 27, of South Jordan, was ordered Monday to complete 36 months of probation for attempt to deal in harmful materials to a minor, a class A misdemeanor. A possible one-year jail sentence was suspended.
Originally charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, and enticing a minor, a third-degree felony, Ivory pleaded guilty to the reduced charge last month. He admitted to exchanging inappropriate photos with the girl who was 17 years old at the time, according to court documents.
In exchange for Ivory's plea, prosecutors agreed he would not do jail time.
From about June to November 2016, prosecutors say Ivory had been texting the girl and the two "talked about having sex with each other and sent pictures," charging documents state.
Ivory knew the girl, the charges said, because she "was being recruited by (Ivory) to be a cadet in the Army National Guard."
When Ivory was charged in April, Utah National Guard spokesman Lt. Col Steven Fairbourn said Ivory had been a full-time recruiter in schools but was dismissed following an internal investigation into the messages. If the allegations against Ivory were substantiated, Fairbourn said he would be discharged from the Utah Guard as well.
"We find this type of behavior appalling and absolutely unacceptable," Fairbourn said at the time.