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Salt Lake man being held on half a million dollars bail after thousands of child pornography pictures and videos were found on his phone

Posted at 1:51 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 15:51:38-05

A man has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after Snapchat filed a report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to court documents, the report suspected an account of containing inappropriate videos and images. Authorities confirmed both images and videos of child pornography, and Comcast confirmed the IP address linked to the account was in the Salt Lake area.

Contact was made Jason Randy Smith, age 35, who admitted to having child pornography on his phone, having taken voyeuristic photos of his 15-year-old daughter and other teenage girls without their knowledge.

On-scene forensics found thousands of pictures and videos of child pornography on Smith’s cell phone.

Smith, who was also charged with sexual battery in 2003, has been booked into the Salt Lake County jail. Given the circumstances of the case, the Utah Attorney General’s office requested a bail amount of $500,000 or no bail.