Utah police are investigating allegations of ‘ritual’ child sexual abuse.
Posted on 7.6.2022
The Utah County Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation into decades-old allegations of ritual child sexual abuse and child trafficking involving high-profile individuals.
The department announced last week that it opened the investigation in April 2021 after discovering that other victims had previously reported similar incidents that took place in Utah, Juab and Sanpete counties between 1990 and 2010.
Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt called for Sheriff Mike Smith’s resignation over the investigation.
The Gateway Pundit reports: The County Sheriff’s Department urges the public to provide tips and encourages victims with knowledge of such crimes to come forward for help and assistance.
“In April 2021, an investigation was opened regarding ritual child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking that occurred in Utah County,” the department said in a news release. “The ensuing investigation found that other victims had previously reported similar forms of ritual sexual abuse and trafficking that occurred in Utah County, Juab County, and Sanpete County between 1990 and 2010. Parts of these claims have been confirmed. »
“These allegations are being investigated by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with other local and federal agencies,” the Utah Sheriff’s Department continues. “We are advocating with the public and encouraging victims or anyone with knowledge of these crimes to contact the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit so that all possible assistance can be offered.” We understand that there are people who fear for their safety and/or well-being and have been silenced. We need your help. »
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office did not release the identities of the suspects under investigation, but “some of the subjects of the investigation are high-profile Utahns,” reports Fox13.
The department’s announcement of the investigation prompted Utah County Attorney David Leavitt to hold a press conference calling for the resignation of Sheriff Mike Smith for “misuse of taxpayer and county resources.”
Leavitt claimed he and his wife were named in the investigation and accused of engaging in ritual abuse and cannibalism.
UCSO has not publicly named Leavitt as a suspect.
A victim told Fox13 that a therapist who has been accused of a series of sex crimes against young women in his family is being investigated. The Utah County District Attorney’s Office previously dropped the charges and the therapist was not convicted.
“Hypnosis was a big part of (my treatment). He told me from the start that was his main technique,” Bluth told Fox13. “(He) said, ‘Do you want to be cured of your homosexuality, or not? and the answer was yes. »
In March, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office rescued three women and arrested 21 people on a series of drug and trafficking charges, including sexual solicitation and unlawful sexual conduct. , following an undercover operation to combat human sex trafficking.
The indicted group represents only a small part of the overall sex trafficking problem in Utah, warns Lieutenant Jason Randall.
“That’s not even the tip of the iceberg. It’s like a snowflake on an iceberg. We’re barely scratching the serve,” Randal said at a news conference. “One of the individuals who showed up brought rope, duct tape, toys, lingerie. And this person thought they were going to meet a 13-year-old child.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we have saved multiple other child victims because this man is an abuser and he came forward with the intention of harming a 13-year-old girl. »