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FBI arrests man accused of wanting to sexually abuse infant

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who investigators say tried to arrange a meeting with another man for the purpose of sexually abusing his infant child was arrested in an undercover FBI operation.

Telmar Paul Lochridge, 31, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Friday for investigation of enticing a minor, criminal solicitation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a police affidavit, Lochridge “was a member of a social media forum of individuals that have strong and persistent sexual attractions to toddlers and infants.”

On that forum, Lochridge contacted a 38-year-old man “who claimed to have access to an infant age boy,” the affidavit states. “During the communication, Lochridge discussed sexually abusing the infant.”

Lochridge arranged to meet the man on Friday, investigators say. When he arrived at the designated location, he was arrested by members of the FBI Child Exploitation task force.

“During an interview with the FBI, Lochridge admitted to meeting other people in the Salt Lake area with similar sexual interest in children,” according to the affidavit.