was an LDS church member in Provo; accused of photo shopping faces of family members, ward church members of adults and children on to pornographic material and distributed them

Case Summary

Lance Rushton was an LDS  member in Provo, Utah.  Found guilty of 3 charges of DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL – 3rd Degree Felony.  Lance photo shopped faces of family members, ward church members adults and children onto sexually explicit photos and distributed them online, for one year before he was caught.  A victim that has requested anonymity stated that the bishop spoke to the victims, or the parents if they were a minor.  He told them not to talk to each other or to other people in the ward about it. He emphasized the man’s process to repentance rather than the safety or well-being of the victims. Lance attended church meetings after this conversation happened amongst the victims and families. 

STATE OF UTAH vs. LANCE RUSHTON
CASE NUMBER 061404517 State Felony
CHARGES
Charge 1 – 76-5A-3 – SEX EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Attributes: Child.
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 2 – 76-5A-3 – SEX EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Attributes: Child.
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 3 – 76-5A-3 – SEX EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Attributes: Child.
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 4 – 76-5A-3 – SEX EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Attributes: Child.
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Dismissed (w/o prej)
Charge 5 – 76-10-1204 – DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL – 3rd Degree Felony(402 amended to) – Class A Misdemeanor
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Plea: April 02, 2007 Guilty
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Guilty
Charge 6 – 76-10-1204 – DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL – 3rd Degree Felony(402 amended to) – Class A Misdemeanor
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Plea: April 02, 2007 Guilty
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Guilty
Charge 7 – 76-10-1204 – DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL – 3rd Degree Felony(402 amended to) – Class A Misdemeanor
Offense Date: January 01, 2006
Plea: April 02, 2007 Guilty
Disposition: April 02, 2007 Guilty

 

SENTENCE PRISON
Based on the defendant’s conviction of DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL a 3rd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL a 3rd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.
Based on the defendant’s conviction of DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL a 3rd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison.
The prison term is suspended.
SENTENCE JAIL
Based on the defendant’s conviction of DISTRIBUTE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL a 3rd Degree Felony, the defendant is sentenced to a term of 90 day(s) in the UTAH COUNTY JAIL.
SENTENCE JAIL SERVICE NOTE
The defendant is granted the privilege of GPS Monintoring for the last 45 days of sentence imposed. Defendant to report for enrollment by July 27, 2007. The defendant is ordered to serve the first 45 days straight time with no release privileges.
SENTENCE JAIL CONCURRENT/CONSECUTIVE NOTE

Sentence to run concurrently

ORDER OF PROBATION
The defendant is placed on probation for 36 months

Sources
  1. Man gets jail for fake porn poses
    view source details | 26 Jul 2007 | Deseret News
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