Utah child porn producer sentenced to 20 years

Stansbury Park man's victims were 5 and younger, officials say.
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A convicted child pornography producer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 20 years in federal prison.

John Reid Clayton, 29, of Stansbury Park, pleaded guilty in May to production of child pornography. After his release, Clayton will be supervised for the rest of his life, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

As a part of his plea agreement, Clayton admitted that he photographed four children engaged in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a "visual depiction" of the conduct. The four children were all born between 2007 and 2011.

Clayton must also register as a sex offender, agreed to pay restitution and forfeit property associated with the criminal conduct, the statement adds.

The date Clayton began filming the children is unknown, according to a court document, but the activity ended around Sept. 29, 2012.

The Tooele County Sheriff's Office, Tooele City Police Department and the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children task force participated in the investigation. Federal charges were filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat "epidemic" child sexual exploitation.


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