FBI says Utah man arrested, admits to sex with children

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jul 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-21 16:42:25-04

A 77-year-old Salt Lake County man was arrested on a greyhound bus headed to Nevada where he had arranged to have sex with minors, according to police.

Ray Alvin Stephenson made his first appearance in court on Friday. He allegedly planned to have sex with two kids, aged 11 and 9, in Las Vegas.

When investigators arrested him, the also found a bag of homemade sexual devices. They said the suspect confessed.

Several weeks ago, a confidential informant in Nevada told police the suspect wanted to have sex with her children. According to the informant, he had arranged to pay $100 and said he would take a bus from Salt Lake City.

The case was turned over to the FBI and an undercover agent, posing as the informant, continued to converse with the suspect.

"He has committed this crime in the past and acknowledged having committed this very crime, having sex with children of this young age in the past," said Paul Amann, assistant Utah attorney general. "He admitted to having done this in the past about 20 years ago."

Amann said the investigation will continue as they try to find the victims of the past crimes, who would now be adults.

Stephenson is charged with six first degree felonies for criminal solicitation. He is being held at the Salt Lake County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 30.

Investigators also said Stephenson worked as a school crossing guard up until his arrest. It is not clear how many years he acted in that capacity.

If you have any information about Ray Stephenson, call the Salt Lake FBI office at (801) 579-1400.