SALT LAKE CITY — A Heber City man who was arrested in a drug case was found to be in possession of children's underwear, police say.
Joshua Cooper Nielson, 34, was charged April 11 with drug possession, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor. Those charges stem from a search warrant the Wasatch Back Narcotics Enforcement Team served April 9 on Nielson's residence. During the search, investigators found methamphetamine and syringes, according to charging documents.
But detectives reported finding some unexpected items during their search of Nielson's bedroom.
"While searching the bedroom that Joshua claimed was his, detectives noticed several pairs of underwear that appeared to belong to young girls approximately age 5-10 years old," according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 4th District Court.
While being questioned by authorities, Nielson's boss called police to report that he found a backpack that belonged to Nielson that he said contained items "he found very concerning," according to charging documents.Comment on this story
In addition to drugs, investigators found "what appeared to be a pair of very young girls underwear as well as sex toys in the backpack," the charges state.
When interviewed by detectives on April 10, Nielson said he had a fetish with underwear but that he had not abused any girls, the charges state. When investigators searched his phone, they found multiple pictures of two prepubescent girls exposing themselves, according to the charges.
Nielson was charged in that case with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.