was a former state legislator (1977-1982) in Utah; convicted federally for possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in 2013 and placed on probation for 15 years; in 2019, probation was terminated for completing terms; in 2022, arrested and charged in Utah with 8 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; case dismissed without prejudice due to a federal charge

Case Summary

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Jeff Fox was a former Utah legislator and registered sex offender. In 2022, investigators allegedly found him to be in possession of child sexual abuse material, or CSAM (commonly referred to as “child pornography”), on his computer uploaded to an electronic service provider account in Utah.

At that time, Fox was already a registered sex offender who had been convicted federally for possession of CSAM. In 2013, Fox was placed on federal probation for 15 years. In 2019, his probation was terminated early for completing the terms of his sentence.

Fox served as a representative in the Utah legislature from 1977 to 1982.

3RD DISTRICT COURT
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL vs. JEFFREY VERN FOX
CASE NUMBER 221900583 State Felony

CHARGES
Charge 1 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 2 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 3 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 4 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 5 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 6 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 7 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 8 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
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Attributes: Child.

Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 9 – 24-4-105 – DEMAND FOR FORFEITURE OF PROPERTY – Not Applicable
Offense Date: July 30, 2021
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: April 11, 2022 Dismissed (w/o prej)

Sources
  1. Former Utah lawmaker facing child porn, drug charges
    view source details | 4 Sep 2011 | The Salt Lake Tribune
  2. Former Utah legislator arrested in child porn investigation
    view source details | 19 Jan 2022 | KUTV
  3. Former Utah legislator arrested in child porn investigation
    view source details | 22 Jan 2022 | Fox13
  4. Jeffrey Vern Fox
    view source details | 14 Mar 2023 | Offender Radar
Sources excerpts
  • Former Utah lawmaker facing child porn, drug charges
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 4 Sep 2011
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    Former Utah legislator and homeless advocate Jeff Fox is scheduled for trial in federal court later this month on child pornography and drug charges.

    In July 2010, DEA agents and Salt Lake City police took more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Fox's home.

    Police also seized a computer and external hard drives, on which investigators allegedly discovered child pornography.

    In March, a grand jury indicted Fox, 63, on one count each of possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture and distribute.

    Fox —who has pleaded not guilty — served a stint in the Utah Legislature, representing northern Cache County, from 1977 to 1982.

    He also was director for both Utahns Against Hunger and the Crossroads Urban Center and has been recognized for his work with low-income and homeless issues.

    Fox remains free while awaiting a jury trial set for Sept. 12 before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups.

    Defense attorney Ronald Yengich, who is representing Fox in the case, was not available for comment.

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    Former Utah legislator arrested in child porn investigation
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: KUTV
    Date published/accessed: 19 Jan 2022
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    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (KUTV) — A former Utah legislator and registered sex offender was arrested Monday after investigators allegedly found him to be in possession of child pornography.

    Jeffrey Vern Fox, 74, was arrested by members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force after they were alerted that multiple files of apparent child pornography were uploaded to an electronic service provider (ESP) account located in Utah.

    After a search warrant was submitted to the ESP for the account in Utah, investigators determined the account belonged to Fox.

    According to an affidavit for Fox's arrest, a search warrant was obtained for his home where detectives found him to be in possession of "erotic stories involving children and multiple files of age-difficult youth."

    The arrest report further details that Fox was "actively" engaged in conversations in which he was sharing these files.

    "I also found that he is currently a registered sex offender who was convicted federally for possession of child pornography. In 2013, Fox was placed on federal probation for 15 years. In 2019, his probation was terminated early for completing the terms of his sentence," the affidavit states.

    Fox served as a representative in the Utah legislature from 1977 to 1982.

    Fox was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail where he's facing eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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    Former Utah legislator arrested in child porn investigation
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Fox13
    Date published/accessed: 22 Jan 2022
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    SALT LAKE CITY — A former Utah legislator who had previously plead guilty to child pornography charges was arrested this week during a similar investigation.

    Jeffrey Vern Fox, 74, was arrested Tuesday and faces eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a search of his home found images and videos of children on his computer, along with documents detailing erotic stories involving children.

    In 2013, Fox, who represented Salt Lake City in the Utah legislature nearly four decades ago, pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography possession after DEA agents found he had hundreds of sexually explicit images involving minors and several pounds of marijuana.

    Despite the severity of the charges, Fox was only sentenced to 15 years of probation, which was terminated early in 2019.

    The new investigation began in July after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received reports that multiple files of child porn were uploaded to an account registered to Fox.

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    Jeffrey Vern Fox
    Source type: Registered sex offender record
    Publisher: Offender Radar
    Date published/accessed: 14 Mar 2023
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    Age : 75
    Sex : Male
    Height : 5'09''
    Weight : 210
    Race : White
    Hair : Gray
    Eyes : Blue
    Scars/Tattoos:
    Scar on R_Foot (scar on right heel)
    Scar on Foot ()
    Scar on R_knee ()

    OFFENSES

    Description : 18:2254A(A)(5)(B) - Possession of Child Pornography
    Date Convicted : 08/13/2013
    Conviction State : Federal
    Statute : 18:2254A(A)(5)(B)
    Offense Count : 1

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