The Utah County Sheriff’s Department is investigating reports of a series of high profile “ritualistic child sexual abuse” and a sex trafficking ring that was operated by high ranking individuals over several decades. The Sheriff’s Department announced that they had opened an investigation back in April after several people came forward with information on the crimes. They are asking for people with knowledge of the crimes to come forward with tips and evidence.
The department said in a press release:
“In April of 2021, an investigation began into ritualistic child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking that occurred in Utah County. The ensuing investigation discovered that other victims had previously reported similar forms of ritualistic sexual abuse and trafficking that occurred in Utah County, Juab County and Sanpete County during the time between 1990 and 2010. Portions of these allegations were confirmed.”
“These allegations are being investigated by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with other local and federal agencies. We are pleading with the public and encourage victims or individuals with knowledge of these crimes to contact the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit so that they can be offered all the assistance possible. We understand that there are individuals who have concerns for their safety and/or well-being who have been silenced. We need your help.”
Special Victims Unit Detectives with @UCSO, working with investigators from multiple county and federal agencies are investigating reports of ritualistic child sexual abuse from as far back as 1990. We need your help. https://t.co/eJ4rwoElkA
— Utah County Sheriff (@UCSO) May 31, 2022
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed, but the identity of the suspects under investigation, but “some of the subjects of the investigation are high-profile Utahns.”
The department’s announcement of the investigation prompted Utah County Attorney David Leavitt to hold a press conference calling for the resignation of Sherrif Mike Smith for “misuse of taxpayer and county resources.”
Leavitt claimed he and his wife are named in the investigation and accused of engaging in ritualistic abuse and cannibalism.
A victim told Fox13 that a therapist who was charged with a series of sex crimes against young female family members is a target of the investigation. The Utah County Attorney’s Office previously dropped charges and the therapist was not convicted.
“Hypnosis was a big part of (my treatment). He told me from the very beginning, that that was his main technique,” Bluth told Fox13. “(He) would say, ‘Do you want to be healed of your homosexuality, or not?’ and the answer was yes.”