was an LDS church member and nursery leader (Primary teacher/worker) in Lewiston, Utah; arrested in October 2023 for allegedly downloading child sexual abuse material (CSAM) for 15 years "because it aroused him;" pleaded guilty in November 2023 to two 2nd degree felony counts of child sexual exploitation

Case Summary

Kent Prestwich was a Mormon nursery worker who was arrested in October 2023 for possession of child sexual abuse material or CSAM (often referred to as child pornography).

In November 2023, Prestwich pleaded guilty to two 2nd degree felony counts of child sexual exploitation.

Prestwich was married in the Logan Utah LDS temple in approximately 2008.

At the time of arrest, Prestwich’s home was “covered in animal feces and garbage, making it difficult to walk through.”

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  1. Lewiston man arrested for allegedly down loading child porn for 15 years
    view source details | 11 Oct 2023 | Cache Valley Daily
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  • Lewiston man arrested for allegedly down loading child porn for 15 years
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Cache Valley Daily
    Date published/accessed: 11 Oct 2023
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    LOGAN — A 46-year-old Lewiston man has been arrested for downloading child pornography over the internet for years, according to law enforcement. Kent Daniel Prestwich was booked Tuesday into the Cache County Jail after state agents served a warrant to his home.

    According to arrest documents, Prestwich allegedly told investigators he had been viewing child sexual abuse material for approximately 15 years because it aroused him. He also admitted to using specific search terms the he knew would obtain files of children being sexually abused.

    Investigators first began detecting a computer distributing child pornography files on two different peer-to-peer networks in July 2023. The images and videos showed young female children between the ages of 8 and 12-years-old, being raped by adult males.

    The computer’s IP address was later tracked to Prestwich’s home, where agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday afternoon. Prestwich admitted to using the desktop computer to download child sexual abuse material, according to a Probable Cause statement.

    Prestwich was booked into jail on ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. He is currently being held, pending arraignment on formal charges.

    Agents with the Utah Attorney General’s Office requested Prestwich be held in jail without bail, noting he is a serious danger to himself. They also described how the Lewiston home was “covered in animal feces and garbage, making it difficult to walk through,” the arrest affidavit detailed.

    According to court records, Prestwich has no criminal history aside from minor traffic citations. He could face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

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