UPD officer faces rape charges in case involving minor

Posted at 5:15 PM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 23:49:37-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – An officer with the Unified Police Department was booked into jail after evidence was discovered that indicated he may have been involved in a sexual relationship with a minor, and the man was booked into jail and faces five counts of rape.

According to a press release from the Unified Police Department, 25-year-old Regan Anson has been booked into the Davis County Jail as a result of the investigation into allegations he was having sexual relations with a 17-year-old female.

"The charges are serious in nature, and we are very shocked," said Lieutenant Lex Bell with Unified Police Department.

Booking records at the Davis County Jail indicate Anson is incarcerated on five counts of rape and a hold that includes a bail amount set at $150,000.

UPD states the evidence was found during an unrelated investigation, and they immediately contacted Salt Lake City Police Department and asked them to handle the investigation into Anson. Salt Lake City police personnel began investigating that same day, and Anson was booked, “within 48 hours” of that evidence being discovered, according to the press release from UPD.

The press release states Anson has been a probationary member of UPD for seven months, and the officer is currently on administrative leave while the criminal and internal investigations continue.

The press release states: "We hold our officers to a high standard. The public expects us to police our own officers and we take that duty very seriously. We are shocked and dismayed by this incident and will continue to fully cooperate with this investigation."

Officer Anson's neighbors and family reacted to the news Thursday evening.

"I didn't know she existed," said Braden Anson of his brother's alleged relationship with the teen. "Everyone makes mistakes. Some bigger than others."