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Man in Utah federal halfway house for child porn is charged again

Handcuffs hang from a bench in the pre-booking area of the Utah County Jail, where suicides are increasing. Deseret News archives

SALT LAKE CITY — A man currently serving time in a federal halfway house in Utah for his conviction for child pornography has been charged again.

Tyler Wayne Adams, 24, was charged Friday in Garfield County’s 6th District Court with 15 counts of enticing a minor by internet or text, a second-degree felony.

On Jan. 13, Adams contacted an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook, according to charging documents. After asking for and receiving the “girl’s” phone number, Adams started to continuously text her, the charges state.

“Adams sent very sexual text messages explaining in detail the sexual things he would like to do to the 15-year-old female,” according to the charges.

When the undercover officer, still posing as the juvenile girl, told Adams she had two sisters, ages 9 and 12, Adams began mentioning them in his messages too, “explaining what he would like to do to them,” charging documents state.

At some point during their messaging, Adams also mentioned that he was in a halfway house and had served time in federal prison for child pornography, the charges state.

Investigators researching the case, after confirming Adams’ identity, discovered he was telling the truth about his criminal history. According to court records, Adams was convicted in federal court of a child porn charge in 2017 and sentenced to five years in federal custody with credit for time served plus an additional five years of supervised release.