PROVO — A Provo man faces 43 felonies for allegedly enticing teenage girls from several states, including Utah, into sending explicit pictures.
Alan Jesse Hiatt, 31, was charged in 4th District Court in late March with 34 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of enticing a minor, and obstructing justice, second-degree felonies; plus three counts of enticing a minor and two counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor, third-degree felonies.
Charging documents outline a disturbing case that involves at least five girls between the ages of 12 and 15 dating back to November 2017. Investigators were still attempting to identify some of the victims, but believe they live in Ogden, Oklahoma City, West Virginia and Iowa, according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court.
Hiatt "had been receiving nude photos from several underaged girls through Facebook," according to charging documents.
Provo police were alerted to the case by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"They found messages between Mr. Hiatt’s account and multiple girls who told him they were minors. During these online conversations, Mr. Hiatt discussed explicit sexual acts … solicited and received nude photos from them, and sent them photos of himself," the charges state.
"Mr. Hiatt consistently referred to himself as 'Daddy,' telling her that her age did not matter 'as long as you’re still mine,'" he told one 14-year-old girl, according to the charges.Comment on this story
Police say Hiatt was very violent in some of his messages, telling one 12-year-old girl that he would kidnap her, and asking another girl, "'You want to be raped and hurt?'… and encouraged her to kill herself," according to charging documents.
In one conversation, Hiatt allegedly told a girl that he just got his license to be a private security guard. According to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing website, Hiatt received his license to be an unarmed private security guard in November.
His next court hearing is scheduled for April 11.