Utah man accused of raping 17-year-old girl

Posted at 4:41 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 19:23:25-04

OGDEN, Utah -- Charges have been filed against a Utah man after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl last summer.

James Durham, 34, is being charged with 18 counts of Second-Degree Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, one count of Second-Degree Felony Enticing a minor, one count of Second-Degree Felony Forcible Sexual Abuse and one count of First-Degree Felony Rape.

According to Weber County Police, the girl was helping Durham clean his yard and throughout the day he gave her alcoholic drinks. As the girl drank, Durham continued to ask for photos, but she said, "no," police continued.

Eventually Durham took the girl in the basement where he allegedly gave the girl more alcohol then raped her.

When questioned, Durham admitted to asking for photos from the girl, but denied ever having had sex with her, police said.

According to police, Durham said he had provided marijuana and alcohol to minors, but he can't remember if he ever gave the 17-year-old alcohol, but said, "it was possible."

Police said Durham gave permission for his phone to be downloaded by the RTCC and on March 30, 2017, Trina Gerry of Ogden PD said she found 35 photos of nude women that appeared to be under 18 in various sexually graphic or explicit photos either unclothed or partially clothed underage girls. Of the 35 photos, 18 were sexually graphic pictures of the 17-year-old girl.