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Lehi Man Arrested For Sex Offender Registry Violations


Posted On : 12/3/2019 5:51:13 PM

A 51 year old Lehi man was arrested after he went inside an elementary school in American Fork while it was in session to visit a teacher. The man is on the Utah Sex Offender Registry for convictions in 2016.


*** PRESS RELEASE December 4, 2019 ***

On December 2, 2019, Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit arrested Paul J Bryant, 51, of Lehi, for violating the conditions of the Utah Sex Offender Registry.  Bryant pleaded guilty in 2016 to three counts of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, 1st degree felonies.  Those incidents were from 1998 while Bryant was in a position of special trust in relation to the victims.  Bryant was originally arrested in that case in 2015 on three counts of 1st degree felony attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, four counts of 3rd degree felony tampering with a witness, and ten counts of class A misdemeanor sexual battery.  During these incidents Bryant told some victims he worked for the FBI, that he would make their friends disappear, or he would kill them if they told anyone what he did.

Because of these convictions Bryant has a lifetime requirement to be on the Utah Sex Offender Registry.  Part of the restrictions in Utah State Code, 77-27-21.7 clearly state that one of the protected areas includes "a public or private primary or secondary school that is not on the grounds of a correctional facility."  On the original charges Bryant spent two years in jail both before he plead guilty and as part of his sentence.  He later successfully completed probation on July 11, 2019, but his requirement to be on the Utah Sex Offender Registry remains in place.

Four different times between October 28-31, 2019 Bryant was seen inside an elementary school in American Fork.  He was there to visit a staff member but Bryant never signed in at the office.  On at least one of those visits he had with him a service dog, and on at least one of those visits he was in the school during lunch time as children would have been in the halls.  Also during at least one of the visits Bryant was seen wearing a Halloween costume in a picture with the staff member he was there to visit.  Additionally, on one of the visits Bryant brought treats for the children in one class room.

Bryant is required to sign an agreement on a regular basis stating he understands the requirements and restrictions by which he must abide.  He last updated this agreement with his signature on July 23, 2019.  Bryant was booked into jail in this new case on four counts of violating his conditions and restrictions on the Utah Sex  Offender Registry by being in or near a protected area.  These charges are class A misdemeanors.  Bryant posted bail and was released from jail a short time after he was booked.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

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