SALT LAKE CITY — The owner of a southern Utah shuttle service, who is also a registered sex offender out of Michigan, has been charged with unlawful sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl.
Sean Timothy O'Neill, 48, of Hurricane, was charged earlier this month with tampering with a witness, two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a 17-year-old, all third-degree felonies.
O'Neill, who owns and operates Hurrikin Express, according to a recently unsealed search warrant affidavit, was communicating through social media with a 17-year-old girl from Hildale, Washington County. He has lived in Utah since November of 2016.
The girl told authorities that she had been talking with O'Neill a lot through social media.
"She also disclosed that she told Sean she was under 18 years old and asked if he was OK with it," the warrant filed in 5th District Court states. "He told her was and that he was 31 years old and he told her that he would move out to Utah and would prove himself to her and marry her. She also said that he would use several different names and had several different profiles on Facebook."
O'Neill brought the girl to his Hurricane residence in December, according to charging documents. The girl told police she did not want to have sex but felt like she couldn't tell him no.
"(She said) she felt like a rag doll. He would want her to participate and when she wouldn't he would get upset and throw her around," according to court documents.
As police investigated the incident with the girl, they learned that O'Neill had asked his business partner to lie in court in another case involving a juvenile, the charges say.
In May, O'Neill was charged in 5th District Court with failing to register as a sex offender and disorderly conduct. According to court documents filed in that case, a 14-year-old girl in LaVerkin called police to tell them O'Neill was following her while asking her what she was doing. Another woman told police she also witnessed O'Neill yell at the girl and then pull into a parking lot as if he was waiting for her, the charges state.
O'Neill is a registered sex offender out of Michigan for enticing a minor over the internet. He told police when he was arrested in 2017 that "he said some inappropriate things to an undercover police officer over the internet," the charges state.
A preliminary hearing on both cases is scheduled for March 5.