was an LDS church member and former prosecutor in Utah; pleaded guilty in December 2022 to four second degree felony charges related to child sexual abuse; sentenced in January 2023 to one to 15 years in prison; in June 2023, was convicted of 15 counts of 2nd degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of class B misdemeanor voyeurism; no additional prison time was added

Case Summary

Gary Lee Bell was married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1986.

From 2008-2020, Bell worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Utah Attorney General’s Office, in the Child Protection Division.

In 2020, Bell resigned from the Attorney General’s Office after allegations of misconduct. Pornography had been found on his work computer.

Bell allegedly produced child pornography and allegedly sexually molested a baby girl who was one to two years old. He was arrested at his home in Spanish Fork, Utah in August 2022, released and then arrested again in September.

On August 24, 2022, Bell was arrested.

In August 2022, a woman told officers that he had attempted to secretly record her without permission while she was in the shower.

On September 13, 2022, Bell was arrested again.

In September 2022, Bell was charged with two first degree felonies and 12 second degree felonies related to sexual abuse of a child.

In December 2022, Bell agreed to plea guilty or no contest to four second degree felony charges relating to child sexual abuse: two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, one count of sodomy upon a child, and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

In court documents obtained by FLOODLIT, Bell agreed to the following statement: “On or about September 13, 2022, in Utah County, the Defendant took indecent liberties and engaged in a sexual act with a victim that was under the age of 14 and the sexual act involved the genitals or anus of the actor or the individual and the mouth or anus of either the actor or individual. The Defendant took two photographs of the act that were later recovered on Defendant’s hard drive.”

On January 17, 2023, Bell was sentenced in January 2023 to one to 15 years in prison. The sentencing took place in the 4th District Court in Provo. Case number: 221402164 FS. Bell is currently in the Utah County Jail as of January 24, 2023.

On June 20, 2023, Bell was sentenced in a separate case (221401946). He had pleaded guilty to 15 counts of 2nd degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of class B misdemeanor voyeurism. No additional prison time was added.

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  1. obituary of the accused's father
    view source details | 27 May 1971 | Park Record
  2. the accused was married in the Salt Lake LDS temple
    view source details | 15 Oct 1986 | Uintah Basin Standard
  3. obituary of the accused's mother
    view source details | 29 Dec 2005 | Deseret News
  4. Former Utah child protection official arrested on child pornography charges
    view source details | 25 Aug 2022 | FOX 13 Salt Lake City
  5. Before child porn arrest, lawyer retired from Utah AG’s Office amid allegations of misconduct
    view source details | 7 Sep 2022 | KSL
  6. Former attorney with Utah AG’s Office faces 14 additional charges related to sexual exploitation of baby
    view source details | 15 Sep 2022 | Gephardt Daily
  7. Gary Lee Bell Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse And Exploitation Charges
    view source details | 15 Sep 2022 | Utah County press release
  8. Utah AG’s Office reveals pornography was found on former attorney’s work computer two years ago
    view source details | 16 Sep 2022 | KSL
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Videos: Gary Bell Mormon sex crime case

    • Video title: 6pm Hit - Former prosecutor re arrested on alleged sex crimes
    • Video description: Gary Lee Bell, 66, of Spanish Fork was booked into the Utah County Jail on Tuesday, Sept. 13, after Detectives found child pornography they believe he produced. - ABC4 Utah - 2022-09-16
    • Video title: Former Utah child protection official arrested on child pornography charges
    • Video description: A former prosecutor who worked in the Child Protection Division of the Utah Attorney General's Office has been arrested for the alleged possession of child pornography. - FOX 13 News Utah - 2022-08-25
    • Video title: Former child protection official rearrested after allegedly producing child pornography
    • Video description: Former child protection official rearrested after allegedly producing child pornography - FOX 13 News Utah - 2022-09-15

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