Utah man pleads guilty to child exploitation in two states

Aug 24, 2022, 6:57 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man has pleaded guilty to two federal child exploitation cases, one in Arkansas and one in his home state.

Landon Germaine, 24, of Woods Cross, Utah, pleaded guilty to felony interstate coercion and enticement of a minor in the Utah case. In the case in Arkansas, he entered a guilty plea for attempted sexual exploitation via production of child pornography.

He entered a pleas in Utah’s U.S. District Court for both cases. Germaine’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2023.

The affidavit filed by federal prosecutors said Germain used social media phone apps, including Kik, Telegram, Snapchat, Periscope and text messages “to solicit graphic sexual photos and video from minor children.”

According to Deseret News, Germain was arrested in May of 2020 and told investigators that he enticed young girls, one as young as 11, to send him the sexual content.

“In these chats, Germaine provided specific instructions on what the minors should depict in the photos and videos and Germaine repeatedly offered to pay the minors money for sending him sexually explicit videos,” according to a statement Wednesday from U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins in the Utah District.

“Germaine also stated that he was a member and administrator for numerous other known child pornography groups on social media applications and on the internet,” a 2020 affidavit states. When he was arrested the FBI Child Exploitation task force served a search warrant at Germaine’s home.

Documents said the “FBI located and observed numerous sexually explicit and nude images/videos of prepubescent- and pubescent-age children on digital devices belonging to Landon Germaine.”

In the release Higgins said detectives from Woods Cross Police Department, other police and officials from 14 additional U.S. judicial districts joined the FBI in the investigation.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Riders leaving the new shuttle. (KSL-TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Riders take advantage of new ski shuttle service for resorts in both Cottonwood Canyons

A new pilot shuttle program is offering skiers and snowboarders a new way to resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood.
19 hours ago
(File) Police Lights responding to a scene....
Michael Houck

Salt Lake man dead after accidental drowning in Millard County, police say

Authorities say a Salt Lake man has died after an accidental drowning incident late Saturday evening in Millard County.
19 hours ago
Michael Houck

Utah juvenile services staff member arrested for sexually abusing housed juvenile

A man who worked in a Utah juvenile services facility was arrested for frequently sexually abusing one of the facility's juveniles.
19 hours ago
a motorhome is on its side in the middle of a wet freeway...
Brooke Williams

Motorhome rollover blocks SB I-15 in Farmington

A motorhome blocked the interstate when it rolled over on its side.
19 hours ago
The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office and Jail in Heber City is pictured on Friday, March 12, 2021. (...
Brooke Williams

Heber man surrendered with firearm after hours-long SWAT barricade

A man in Heber City was barricaded by SWAT and police officers after he made threats while intoxicated, intending bodily harm with a firearm.
19 hours ago
Students at Juan Diego Catholic School (KSL-TV)...
Michael Locklear

Private schools celebrate state funding, expect ‘significant uptick in enrollment’

Utah’s private schools are celebrating that they’ll receive state funding for the first time through a new school choice program.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Utah man pleads guilty to child exploitation in two states