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Shuttle service owner charged in one case faces 21 new felonies

Sean Timothy O'Neill
Sean Timothy O'Neill
Washington County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY — The owner of a southern Utah shuttle service, a registered sex offender out of Michigan who already faces charges of unlawful sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl, now faces 21 additional felonies.

Sean Timothy O'Neill, 48, of Hurricane, was charged Friday in 5th District Court with 21 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

Last month, O'Neill, who owns and operates Hurrikin Express, was charged 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 is accused of communicating through social media with a 17-year-old Hildale girl, telling her at one point "he would move out to Utah and would prove himself to her and marry her," according to court documents.

He has lived in Utah since November of 2016. Police say O'Neill brought the girl to his Hurricane, Washington County, residence in December. The girl told police she did not want to have sex but felt like she couldn't tell him no, the charges state.

After he was arrested, police served a search warrant on O'Neill's Hurricane residence and seized several electronic devices. On his laptop, investigators found more than 700 images of child pornography, according to charging documents. The laptop also contained his appointment scheduler for his real estate business, which detectives used to link the pornography to O'Neill, investigators wrote in the charges.

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, according to charging documents.

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 La Verkin, Washington County, 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.