Springdale Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation of La Verkin Girl

Springdale Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation of La Verkin Girl
Keith Lane Peterson

LA VERKIN – A 19-year-old Springdale man was arrested by La Verkin police on charges of two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of harmful materials to a minor and one count of sodomy of a 14-year-old.

Detective Travis Romney said Keith Lane Peterson allegedly had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl last year, and is accused of participating in oral sex with the teen. In June of this year, the man allegedly began “sexting” the teen by sending a sexual photo of himself and receiving two photos of the now 15-year-old girl.

Peterson is being charged with two 2nd degree felonies and two 3rd degree felonies. He had not posted bail at the time of this story.

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  • Ron July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Can someone please explain why there are so many child molesters in the Southern Utah area? It seems like there is always at least one arrested per week, which is one too many, in my opinion. Is there something in the water here in So. Utah? Maybe there should be a special “victims crime task force ” created to devote strictly to the pursuit and apprehension of these perverted and pathetic sick individuals. This is just beyond me…

  • Not a Mormon July 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I wouldn’t say that its in the water, so much as that its a product of the repressive society which has established its near immovable tap root here.

    The mainstream theocracy doesn’t allow for divorce, coerces folks to get married early and pump out babies lest they be labeled “a menace to society”, coerces folks to abstain from even the slightest bit of “sinful” recreation to be found in alcohol or skipping a day at church lest they be sent to a make believe “lower level” of heaven or “outer darkness”.

    Because there are no normal releases, men beat their wives and diddle young kids/girls; the inside of the majority of homes are disgustingly unkempt; housewife, teenage, and homosexual suicide rates are staggeringly beyond the national average; and teenage delinquency and drug use runs rampant while parents call the police to discipline their children or rely on things like the “southwest behavioral health center” to be the parents. All of this occurs while the folks of the ward peek out of windows like Gladys Kravitz from “Bewitched”, white wash their own problems, and show up to church looking prim and proper, yet can be found gossiping behind backs, swapping spouses in sex parties, and keeping up with the Joneses.

  • chris July 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Not a Mormon~ you just hit the nail smack dab on the head with such force!!!!! You said it so much better than anyone else could describe what goes on in that aweful county! I lived there for 14 terrible years, and I will NEVER RETURN because of what you just described!!! Thank you for speaking up and being so blunt about the problems in Washington County!!!

  • moses September 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    i dated this man and i believe he deserves all this he is evil

  • shamobo November 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    None of you guys know the real story.. and this moses girl or watever just because you dated him dont mean that he deserves it and his not evil maybe you just want to say something to be heard.. so thats wat i think and people can change you people just dont know.. so stop pointing fingers when you dont even know whats really going on.. haha

  • moses November 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    he aint evil but yet lots of girls r still messed up an need lots of mental help but yet he aint evil ha ha he is a mentally an physically abusive guy

  • peewee January 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

    well I am keith Peterson.. and they just wrote the first things they heard… its sad how they are allowed to slander my biz to the world.. and the worst thing about it is.. they don’t even rite the truth.. that was wrote be for I was even in the block… ya I got a picture from a girl when I didn’t even ask for it.. and yes I told the truth about it.. y else would I get locked up.. im not a sex offender, I did my time I did my probation.. that’s 2 years of …* all for a picture of some … I didn’t even ask for.. but its cool.. …* what ppl say get your facts strate before talking …*.. and as for you moses grow up.. and u shamobo I love you and are 2 lil girls we have together.. always will.. and the ppl who really know me.. much love.. for everyone else get a life.. and for Utah.. I hope it blows up..
    Ed. Ellipses starred (*)

  • Betty January 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Come on Joyce, really? What happened to the ….. ??? And for Pete’s sake peewee, get yourself a dictionary and an education. Make something of yourself.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic January 31, 2014 at 9:35 am


      You are commenting on a July 2011 news report. I was not the reporter and am not sure I understand your umbrage. That said, I see that we did publish a follow-up story which might provide you the illumination you are seeking, it too is from 2011, November 23 to be specific – here is that link and I hope it helps:


      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

    • Joyce Kuzmanic January 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Betty, I think I see what your umbrage might have been – not the story but peewee’s comment approved with inappropriate language. That was not acceptable and it has been edited out, I do appreciate that being brought to my attention.
      Thank you!

    • Bry May 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Why dont you … get a life. you dont know nothin.
      Ed. ellipsis.

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