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Man suspected in child sex crimes dead after barricading himself in Utah home

Jul 22, 2022, 12:31 PM | Updated: 8:40 pm

WOODS CROSS, Utah — A man who barricaded himself in a Woods Cross home and was awaiting a trail for child sex crimes is dead.

Police, including a SWAT unit, responded to the home but Brian Craven was found dead after failed negotiations. He was set to go to trial for several child sex abuse crimes.

Woods Cross police confirmed SWAT responded to 1250 W. 1200 South to get a suspect into custody. Police had a warrant Friday to collect additional evidence.

They were negotiating for a few hours, while the suspect had barricaded himself in the home, where he ultimately took his own life.

Craven had been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, four counts of forcible sexual abuse, one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, five counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, three counts of lewdness involving a child, five counts of lewdness, and one count of voyeurism.

Dates for jury selection and a jury trial were cancelled. Court documents listed multiple victims abused over multiple years.

Suicide prevention resources

This month a national mental health phone number was put in place for calls and texts: 9-8-8.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Utah Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, which is answered 24/7/365 by crisis counselors at Huntsman Mental Health Institute.

You can also text TALK to 741741 and parents, students, and educators can download the SafeUT app chat or call 833-3SAFEUT to connect with a licensed crisis counselor.

Additional resources

  • Parents, students, and educators can download the SafeUT app chat or call 833-3SAFEUT to connect with a licensed crisis counselor.
  • First responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, and healthcare professionals, can chat with a crisis counselor at no cost 24/7/365 by downloading the SafeUT Frontline app and members of the National Guard can access help through the SafeUTNG app.
  • For non-crisis situations, when you need a listening ear as you heal and recover from a personal struggle, call the Utah Warm Line at 1-833 SPEAKUT 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • At Huntsman Mental Health Institute, women can access maternal mental health services including birth trauma, pregnancy loss, infertility, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • LiveOnUtah.org, a campaign by the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition offers suicide prevention training and has resources for faith-based groups, youth, LGBTQ+, and Employers.

Other community-based organizations that provide suicide prevention services, support groups, mental health education, counseling services and support:

Additional crisis hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
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Man suspected in child sex crimes dead after barricading himself in Utah home