CRIME

Utah business owner arrested for sexually assaulting two women at social gathering

Aug 31, 2022, 4:19 PM | Updated: Sep 1, 2022, 6:08 am

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — A 45-year-old man is facing sexual abuse charges after he was reported raping one woman and sexually assaulting another at a social gathering.

Linford, 45, was arrested at the Salt Lake City International Airport by detectives with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office after returning from Germany on Tuesday, according to arrest documents.

On Aug. 6, the two women reported the assault when they attended a social gathering in Fruit Heights — reportedly a Facebook singles group. Linford was said to be a moderator of at least one Facebook group for singles.

The first victim told police that she and Linford met at the gathering and became acquainted. In the evening, he asked her to meet in a bedroom in the home, and she agreed.

“Linford told the victim to kiss him, and she did. Linford then grabbed the victim’s face, at which point she pushed Linford away and stated, ‘this is making me nervous,'” according to documents, and also told him she did not want to have sex.

He reportedly exposed himself, forcefully pulled her into a bedroom closet, and raped her. The victim reported her hair extensions were pulled out during the assault.

The second victim told police that Linford sexually assaulted her at the same party that evening. She reported being pulled into the pool by Linford, who then sexually assaulted her, including forcing her to touch him and preventing her from moving away. The victim said she didn’t consent to any of Linford’s actions and that he didn’t ask for consent.

Investigators obtained video surveillance footage that is consistent with the victim’s statement and evidence in the investigation.

Both victims said they first met Linford at this social gathering and had no connection with him before, documents state. Police believe Linford was suspected of sexually assaulting victims in other counties in Utah prior to this event.

“At the event in Fruit Heights alone, there are potentially four separate victims,” documents state.

Acquaintances of Linford have contacted police and expressed their concern that he could not “control himself and that he has a problem being too forceful with women at events and parties.”

“Multiple victims have expressed that they have feared coming forward to report Linford due to his admin status on the Facebook page,” police said.

Court documents note that “Linford’s Facebook page states that he is a CEO of multiple businesses and a real estate agent.” The Davis County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm which businesses he owns or the Facebook group he moderates as the group is not under investigation.

“Our detectives made this a top priority case, and swift action was taken,” Davis County Sheriff Capt. Taylor West said. “We believe that Linford used his power…to take advantage of these victims. Unfortunately, we do not believe this is the first party at which Linford made unwanted sexual advances. We are asking anyone whom Kevin Linford has victimized to come forward.”

Linford was booked into the Davis County Jail for rape, object rape, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse. Authorities ask any victims of Linford or have information regarding this case to call 801-451-4150.


KSL TV reporter Andrew Adams contributed to this report.


If you have experienced sexual violence, you can access help and resources by calling Utah’s 24-hour Sexual Violence Helpline at 1-888-421-1100. You can also call the Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line at 801-467-7273 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for free, confidential counseling.

If you or another person is in immediate danger, call 911.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Crime

SL County Sheriff Rosie Rivera John Patterson...
Jed Boal

Three in Salt Lake County given awards by sheriff’s association

Salt Lake County Sherriff‘s Office received awards last week from the Utah Sheriffs’ Association for the excellent leadership they show in their jobs.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO...
Brooke Williams

Attempted kidnapping near Utah junior high has school, police warning parents

Attempted kidnapping in Taylorsville near junior high school is being investigated.
1 day ago
A wife and husband from Maryland have been charged with conspiring to provide the Russian governmen...
Holmes Lybrand

US Army doctor, anesthesiologist charged with conspiracy to provide medical records to Russia

A wife and husband from Maryland have been charged with conspiring to provide the Russian government with personal medical records from the U.S. government and military, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (KSL TV)...
Larry D. Curtis and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Investigators say former Utah County therapist is ‘threat to children’ for ‘egregious crimes’

Former therapist David Lee Hamblin, 68, was said to be "a threat to the children and citizens of Utah County" in court documents that also request he be held without bail for "egregious crimes against a child."
2 days ago
Emergency lights...
Michael Houck

Santa Clara police arrest man for fraud, find drug lab during arrest

A man in Washington County is facing multiple felony charges after police found a "portable lab" during a fraud arrest Monday.  
2 days ago
FILE (St. George Police Department Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Woman in custody after fleeing from St. George police, male suspect outstanding

Police are searching for a man who fled from them after almost hitting people on a bike path with a moped Wednesday morning.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
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: Ask these questions 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.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Utah business owner arrested for sexually assaulting two women at social gathering