was an LDS church member in Salt Lake City, Utah; In October of 2019 chatted with online 13year old persona to try and meet for sex; found guilty to 3 counts of entice a minor by internet or text; currently in jail in Duchese, Utah.

Case Summary

Matthew Gregory Shepard a mormon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shepard was the former ice skating president and tried to set up a sexual encounter with a 13 year old girl he met online, while using the online name “fundaddy”. Fortunately that 13 year old was a persona that a Child Exploitation Task Force set up.

Shepard was charged in 3rd District Court with a count of criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony; five counts of enticing a minor, a second-degree felony; and a count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony. Accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to 3 counts of ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony. He was sentenced to 1-15 years in prison for each count, but they were to run concurrently.

3RD DISTRICT COURT
SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH
STATE OF UTAH vs. MATTHEW GREGORY SHEPARD
CASE NUMBER 191912012 State Felony
CHARGES

Charge 1 – 76-4-203 – CRIMINAL SOLICITATION – 1st Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Dismissed w/ Prejudi

Charge 2 – 76-4-401(4)(A)(I) – ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: November 01, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Guilty

Charge 3 – 76-4-401(4)(A)(I) – ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: November 01, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Guilty

Charge 4 – 76-4-401(4)(A)(I) – ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Plea: November 01, 2021 Guilty
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Guilty

Charge 5 – 76-4-401(4)(A)(I) – ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Dismissed w/ Prejudi

Charge 6 – 76-4-401(4)(A)(I) – ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT – 2nd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Dismissed w/ Prejudi

Charge 7 – 76-5B-201 – ATTEMPTED – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR – 3rd Degree Felony
Offense Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Salt Lake County
Disposition: November 01, 2021 Dismissed w/ Prejud

SENTENCE PRISON
Based on the defendant’s conviction of ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT 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 ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT 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 ENTICE A MINOR BY INTERNET OR TEXT 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
sentences to run concurrent to each other

Sources
  1. Former Salt Lake Figure Skating chief charged with soliciting sex from underage girl
    view source details | 9 Dec 2019 | The Salt Lake Tribune
  2. Former leader of Utah skating club charged with enticing minor
    view source details | 11 Dec 2019 | KUTV
  3. Utah figure skating official charged with enticing a minor
    view source details | 9 Dec 2019 | Deseret News
  4. Former pres. Salt Lake Figure Skating booked on felony ‘enticement of a minor ‘ charges
    view source details | 10 Dec 2019 | Gephardt Daily
Sources excerpts
  • Former Salt Lake Figure Skating chief charged with soliciting sex from underage girl
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: The Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 9 Dec 2019
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    The former president of Salt Lake Figure Skating — the home club of world figure skating champion Nathan Chen — was charged Monday with attempting to solicit sex online from a 13-year-old girl, who turned out to be an undercover officer.

    Matthew Gregory Shepard, 45, was charged in 3rd District Court with a count of criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony; five counts of enticing a minor, a second-degree felony; and a count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.

    Charging documents said Shepard was also a teacher in Primary, an organization to teach children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Documents say an officer with the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force conducted undercover online chat operations posing as a 13-year-old girl, and was contacted by someone using the name “fundaddy,” later identified as Shepard.

    As the officer reported being a 13-year-old girl, documents say Shepard replied that was the same age as his daughter.

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    Former leader of Utah skating club charged with enticing minor
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: KUTV
    Date published/accessed: 11 Dec 2019
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    Utah figure skating official charged with enticing a minor
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 9 Dec 2019
    archive 1 | archive 2

    MURRAY, Utah, Dec. 10, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The former president of Salt Lake Figure Skating and a youth teacher in his LDS ward has been charged on suspicion of trying to entice 13-year-old girl over the Internet.

    Matthew Gregory Shepard, 44, of Murray, was charged Monday on suspicion of:

    Criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony
    Five counts of enticing a minor by text or Internet, a second-degree felony
    Attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony

    A probable cause statement filed by an investigator with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office says that, while working with FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, he was conducting an undercover chat operation using various social media and dating apps while posing as a 13-year-old female.

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    Former pres. Salt Lake Figure Skating booked on felony ‘enticement of a minor ‘ charges
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Gephardt Daily
    Date published/accessed: 10 Dec 2019
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