Cedar City man arrested on felony charges filed in Washington County

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Jacob William Clark of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted March 18, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff's Office, Cedar City News
Jacob William Clark of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted March 18, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – An Iron County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a Cedar City man who is wanted in Washington County on felony sex charges.

Deputy Kellen Hudson arrested Jacob William Clark, 20, in Iron County Thursday following a traffic stop for a seat belt violation.

“He smelled of marijuana. I asked him to get out of the car and then I found the warrant,” Hudson said to Cedar City News via phone text.

Clark was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail.

The arrest warrant was issued December 2015 by 5th District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox.

Clark is facing charges of sexual abuse of a minor and enticing a minor over the Internet, both second-degree felonies, and dealing harmful materials to a minor, a third-degree felony.

“I believe it is necessary to issue a warrant in this matter so that the defendant may be located and be brought to face the charges in this case,” Washington County Sheriff Detective Wes Licalzi stated in his affidavit in support of the warrant.

According to the probable cause statement, the mother of the 13-year-old alleged victim contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after she found inappropriate “sexual conversations” between the suspect and her daughter on an iPad.

In an interview with police two days later, the victim allegedly admitted she had been talking and “hanging out” with Clark. She also said the defendant had inappropriately touched her and sent her nude photos over the Internet, Licalzi wrote in the statement.

Court documents in a different case dated March 24, 2014, state Clark was arrested by Cedar City Police for being in violation of a civil stalking injunction filed by another mother.

In that case, the mother told police Clark and her daughter were in a motel room in Cedar City, documents state.

Officers made contact with the suspect and allegedly found the minor in the room.

“Jacob admitted the stalking injunction said he could not have contact with (minor) and said he understood the injunction was in place for three years,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement.

Court records show the case was dismissed eight months later by 5th District Judge Keith Barnes.

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