Police arrest man accused of having sex with juvenile

ST. GEORGE – A 19-year-old man was arrested by police Thursday for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Tyler James Russo, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News
Tyler James Russo, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

While interviewing a 15-year-old girl concerning a sex abuse incident, police learned that Tyler James Russo, 19, of St. George, allegedly had sexual intercourse with the girl when she was 14, according to a probable cause statement filed by St. George Police Detective J. Minnick supporting the arrest.

Police located Russo on Thursday and brought him in for questioning. He was advised of his Miranda Rights and allegedly admitted to having sex with the juvenile girl twice. Russo was subsequently arrested on two third-degree felony charges for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

While being arrested, Russo told police he had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his backpack. The backpack was searched and police found the paraphernalia and several baggies of suspected marijuana. This resulted in Russo being charged with a second-degree felony for possession of a controlled substance and a class A misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia. The drug charges were enhanced due to police picking Russo up near a church, which constituted a violation of a drug-free zone.

Russo was also arrested on two active warrants related to previous offenses.

Russo was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility with bail set at $19,200.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Romeo November 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Wow he admitted everything. Good job.

  • Mean Momma November 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

    He may be hiding drug paraphernalia in that hair!

  • Stg_Anonymous November 16, 2014 at 3:51 am

    We (anonymous) have nothing but hate, for pedophiles…
    St George, you are on notice…
    We do not forgive
    We do not forget
    Expect us

    • Zonkerb November 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Really.? Well I’m sure you got them shaking in their boots now

      • Mean Momma November 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        Nope, no boot shaking, that might be considered a form of dancing.

    • Koolaid November 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      No problem with Zoophilia in St George?

  • Dana November 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    He looks like the result of two mating troll dolls.

  • Koolaid November 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Now that he has the child under the belt, if he could just sleep with 39 more women including other mens’ wives, he could be prophet of a religion.

    • Zonkerb November 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

      You forgot tax dodging welfare abuser

  • sagemoon November 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Scum bag.

    • Zonkerb November 16, 2014 at 10:38 am


    • MickeyD November 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      @Sage., are you talking about this perp or Koolaid?

      • Zonkerb November 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

        MICKEYO he’s talking about youy

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I tend to think they got it on a lot more than twice…

  • Herd November 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    If he’s a bishop’s boy, I’m sure there has to be a way of pinning the blame on her and making him the victim.

  • Justme... November 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Her’s not a ‘scum bag’ he’s a teenager. So is she….and she wasn’t in church or girl scouts when this happened. Be reasonable people. It sounds like this situation was identified because she got into a second situation. Where are her parents? Be fair….

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    So is this guy a child rapist or what?

  • Zach Correa November 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    This guy is my friend or was. I know for a fact that this guy is not a pedophile or a rapist, just because they had sex and she is underage and he isn’t doesn’t mean it’s rape or that he’s a pedophile! Have you not seen relationships where the man is like 50-70 yrs old and the woman is like 20-40?

    • Koolaid November 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Isn’t that commonplace in southern Utah with those old horndogs seeking out women young enough to be their daughters? Instead of dangling candy at them, they dangle things in front of the like jewels.

    • dancing infidel November 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      ZACH CORREA, as defined by law, this individual IS a pedophile. And a admitted drug user. Would you NOT have a problem he date your daughter? Would you approve of this individual “hanging out” with your children? And why is “this guy” a former friend of yours as stated? Gee, could it be that you disapprove of his actions? Maybe once he bails out you could get back to being best buds (pun intended) again. Pass that one hitter this way…..

  • sagemoon November 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    To Justme and Zach: Check out this guy’s public court record. He’s been in trouble for controlled substances three times since turning 18! He was 19 and she was 14. Someday when you have a daughter, I would like to have you tell me again how you feel if a 19 year old is getting your daughter high and taking advantage of her. No big deal if you’re not around to protect her every minute, right? No big deal that she’s an immature 14 year old looking for approval and a 19 year old pot head takes advantage of the situation, right?

    • Herd November 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

      And what kind of parent would you be to raise a daughter who at 14 has that behavior?

      • sagemoon November 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

        Good question. They could be the kind of parents who have checked out of parenting or they could be the kind of parents who don’t think their numb skull 14 year old is capable of getting high and having sex with creepy adult men who take advantage of them.

        • Herd November 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

          We need more city ordinances and more government interference and more policing to do the parents’ jobs for them despite how those ordinances, laws and policing impose upon the freedoms of every normal human being, just because parents are stupid and can’t be parents.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 17, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Does anyone know If he’s a return missionary?

  • dancing infidel November 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Actually he is at the MTC in Provo prepping to serve a mission at The Point of The Mountain. Except his mission will be for more than two years. The he will return with an incredible amount of criminal knowledge….waiting to put to use his new knowledge on young girls.

  • Blasphemer November 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Not to condone the guys actions, but he’s 19 now and the girl is 15 now. I assume he was 18 when the sex occured. Having a large group of teenage children myself, of both genders, 18 and 19 are not much older than 17 and 14 is not much younger than 18. 14 year olds generally look the same as any 18 year old. To compare this to a 30 some year old man in a position of power, preying on a 14 year old, is obscene. The guys a kid. 18 isn’t even old enough to legally drink. It’s a fine line people.

  • unknown November 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    He is a predator, a bad influence, and concerned parents of teens that know him have been making reports about him for several months. It’s sad that it has taken so long to get him into custody. He prays on needy young girls who’s mother’s are not protecting them.

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