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Arrested Kaysville man contacted more than 100 children, police say

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KAYSVILLE — A man who told police he has contacted more than 100 children on social media, some as young as 12, has been arrested and accused of having explicit photos of children.

Aaron Joseph Vodden, 22, of Kaysville, was arrested Monday for investigation of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The investigation began May 30 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report of child pornography on Twitter. Investigators received from Twitter direct messages between the account of Vodden and other people, according to a police affidavit.

“The dialogue includes asking for trades, or a term of exchanging images/videos of child sexual abuse material, the context of the conversation is specific for underage (children),” the affidavit states.

Police traced the account to a home in Kaysville and investigators held surveillance on the residence from June 29 to July 1.

On Monday, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence and interviewed Vodden.

“Aaron further admitted that he had utilized popular social media applications to exchange images and videos of child sexual abuse; he also admitted to engaging in conversations with children as young as 12 years old, where he would send sexual images and coerce sexual images and videos in return,” according to the affidavit.

Vodden admitted to chatting with more than 100 children, the affidavit says.