Utah ex-cop accused of faking porn connections to scam nude photos from underage girl
A former police officer described as “exemplary” is accused of passing himself off as part of a porn website in order to con an underage girl into sending him more than 100 photos of herself in various states of undress.
KUTV-TV reported that Jeremy Rose was charged last week with ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of voyeurism, obstruction of justice, and stalking.
“There was no incidents with him whatsover,” Sgt. Todd Hunsaker, Rose’s supervisor during his stint in the Tremonton Police Department, was quoted as saying. “No disciplinary actions. He was exemplary.”
KSTU-TV reported that the interaction between Rose and the girl allegedly began in the spring of 2012, after she was contacted via email by someone identifying themselves as a representative for the website Brazzers and asked if she would consider doing modeling work. Rose then told the girl, who was 15 at the time, that he would “put in a good word for her” with people he knew at the company.
The suspect reportedly told investigators that after the girl told him about the email that he advised her “not to, not to even d*ck around with it and I will leave it at that. I’m going to leave it at that.”
The girl told police she sent more than 100 photos of herself to Rose, who in turn gave her $300, which he claimed was provided by Brazzers. Months later, she began exchanging emails with “Tom Warington” and “Jennica/Jenika Sorenson,” two identities that Rose allegedly concocted, using Google mail addresses that claimed they were connected to the company.
A search warrant on a Dropbox account registered to “Warington” revealed that the google mail accounts for both Rose and “Warington” used the same IP address. The account allegedly contained almost 200 nude or nearly-nude photos of the girl. She was told that the photos were not published in public; instead, they were allegedly sold to private buyers, and that she would be paid more money if she posed wearing less clothes.
When the girl contacted “Warington” asking to put an end to their arrangement, she was told to send more photos to settle a $5,650 debt “Warington” would incur in that case.
When confronted by the teen, Rose denied impersonating a member of the company while saying they could both be sued. However, she told police that the suspect promised to “take care of things,” at which point she stopped receiving emails from the other online identities.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Rose is also accused of possessing nearly 1,000 images of the teen that were taken without her knowledge while she was in her bedroom after showering or bathing. His trial will be transferred to the state’s 2nd District Court in Ogden after his original judge, Ben Hadfield recused himself from the case, citing a prior acquaintance with the suspect.
Watch KUTV’s report, as aired on Friday, below.