A 59 year old man from Wallsburg has been arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and tampering with a witness.
*** PRESS RELEASE July 16, 2019 ***
On June 26, 2019, a family reported their juvenile son, who is under age 13, reported that a family friend had sexually abused him while they were on a hunting trip in Utah County during 2018. The young boy told Detectives and workers with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services that the man, Arthur Ford Jepperson, age 59, of Wallsburg in Wasatch County, used his hands to touch his buttocks under his clothes. The victim further described that it felt like something "broke off" inside him. The victim also told investigators that Jepperson told the boy he was an adult now because he was on the hunting trip, and that this is what adults do.The victim said Jepperson told him he was not to report what happened or tell any adults or he would harm him physically. He also made other threats to the victim about what he would do if the victim told anyone. The victim sustained physical injury and significant emotional trauma from this incident.
It took Detectives more than two weeks to find Jepperson and arrest him. On July 15, 2019, Jepperson was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on one charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony, and one charge of tampering with a witness, a third degree felony. His bail has been set at $30,000.00 cash or bond.
If there is anyone else who may have been victimized by Jepperson contact the Utah County Sheriff's Office at (801)794-3970, or contact your local law enforcement agency.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.
(801)404-1912 - Cell
(801)851-4333 - Officer
Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO