OGDEN — Federal agents in Weber County this week arrested a man they say targeted an underage boy online.
Authorities Saturday released a probable cause statement detailing an online undercover operation organized to capture child predators targeting children in Utah. The document stated that a Homeland Security agent from the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force recently began communicating with an adult male on social media. The agent's online undercover profile was a 13-year-old boy.
Throughout the course of the online conversation, the man, later identified as John Robert Warren, 55, arranged to travel to a location in Ogden to meet with who he believed to be an underage boy for illicit purposes. Warren was taken into custody after traveling to a prearranged location.1 comment on this story
The court document stated that Warren elected to make a statement during his interview with law enforcement and admitted that his intent in the meeting was to engage in illicit sexual activity with who he believed was an underage boy. He is being investigated for enticing a minor, a second-degree felony.
Additional federal charges are also expected, officials said, because Warren is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2002 in Davis County for crimes against a child. He was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison in that case.
Authorities are requesting that Warren is held without bail pending federal charges.