A California man was arrested Wednesday by Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies on reports of coming to Utah to have sex with a 13-year-old girl and intending to have sex with other underage girls in Colorado.
Jason Akers reportedly began chatting online Monday with a person whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover investigator with the Utah Valley Special Victims Task Force.
Akers, 38, brought up sexual topics to the 13-year-old girl, asking if she were a virgin and where she lived, reports state. Akers said he was going to be in Utah on Wednesday and wanted to meet up with the girl.
According to police, Akers arranged to meet the girl at a public place in Provo. When he arrived at the location, deputies made contact with Akers and he was arrested.
In Akers’ car, deputies reported seeing a methamphetamine pipe with meth residue. Akers told police he had been smoking meth all night while driving from California to Utah and had taken a hit just before being arrested, reports state.
Marijuana, a marijuana pipe and some marijuana gummy bears were also found in the vehicle, reports state. Akers also reportedly had a handgun in the vehicle.
During an interview, Akers told police he sent the 13-year-old girl nude pictures of himself and asked the girl to do the same. After searching his phone, police reportedly discovered Akers was planning to go to Colorado to meet with and have sex with a 14-year-old girl.
More than 70 chat conversations with underage girls were found on his phone, and in many of the conversations Akers either asked for nude images or sent images of himself, reports state.
“The 74 chat conversations that Jason was having with underage females is a very strong indication of his threat level to the children of this and other communities,” the police report states.
Akers was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of the following charges: three counts of enticing a minor over the internet, one being a second-degree felony and two being third-degree felonies; two third-degree felony counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor; one third-degree felony count of possession of a firearm by a restricted person; one class A misdemeanor count of possession of meth; one class A misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana; and one class B misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Akers is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bail.