was an LDS missionary; convicted in 2021 of five counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual extortion of a child and four counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor; was sentenced to terms of five years to life in state prison for each of the first-degree felonies

Case Summary

In the summer of 2019, Gabe Gilbert, then 19, was taken into custody on nine felony charges after investigators learned he asked a minor to send him naked photos in 2018. When the girl declined and told authorities, investigators discovered 50 potential victims of the same kind of extortion.

In 2019, when authorities went to take Gilbert into custody, they found he was serving a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS church or Mormon church).

Gilbert was convicted in 2021 of five counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual extortion of a child and four counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor. While prosecutors recommended he serve five years in prison, Gilbert was sentenced to terms of five years to life in state prison for each of the first-degree felonies.

3RD DISTRICT COURT
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL vs. GABE RYAN GILBERT
CASE NUMBER 191906596 State Felony
CHARGES

Charge 1 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 2 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 3 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 4 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 5 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: August 08, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 6 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 7 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 8 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

Charge 9 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
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Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: July 01, 2019 Transferred

3RD DIST. COURT – WEST JORDAN
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL vs. GABE RYAN GILBERT
CASE NUMBER 191402791 State Felony
CHARGES
Charge 1 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 2 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 3 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 4 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 5 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: August 08, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 6 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 7 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
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Charge 8 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 9 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty

3RD DIST. COURT – WEST JORDAN
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL vs. GABE RYAN GILBERT
CASE NUMBER 191402791 State Felony
CHARGES
Charge 1 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 2 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 3 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 27, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 4 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: July 30, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 5 – 76-5B-204(3)(C) – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLEADULT – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: August 08, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 6 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 7 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: June 25, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
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Charge 8 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Charge 9 – 76-5B-201 – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: May 01, 2018
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: April 21, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: April 21, 2021 Guilty

SENTENCE PRISON
Based defendant’s conviction of AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT a 1st Degree Felony,the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than five years and which may be life in the Utah State Prison.
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CASE NUMBER: 191402791

Based on the defendant’s conviction of AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT a 1st Degree Felony,the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than five years and which may be life in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT a 1st Degree Felony,the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than five years and which may be life in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT a 1st Degree Felony,the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than five years and which may be life in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXTORTION OF A CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT a 1st Degree Felony,the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than five years and which may be life in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR a 2nd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not less than one year nor more than fifteen years in the Utah State Prison.
COMMITMENT is to begin immediately. The court will accept payment tendered on the date of sentencing for any amount the defendant owes arising from this order. The court hereby transfers responsibility for collection of any remaining balance of the criminal accounts receivable to the Office of State Debt Collection.
To the SALT LAKE County Sheriff: The defendant is remanded to your custody for transportation to the Utah State Prison where the defendant will be confined.
SENTENCE PRISON CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE
The court recommends the charges run concurrent

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