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West Valley man pleads guilty to kidnapping, sex assault against Hunter High student

Posted at 10:43 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 00:56:27-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man who kidnapped a teenage girl walking home from school in West Valley City in January has pleaded guilty to two charges.

Creed Cole Lujan, 44, pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and forcible sodomy — both first-degree felonies — in court Tuesday afternoon. Charges of rape, aggravated robbery, sexual exploitation of a minor and obstructing justice were dismissed without prejudice.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 6. The kidnapping conviction can result in a prison sentence of 15 years to life, and forcible sodomy can be five years to life.

A 15-year-old girl told police that a man, later identified as Lujan, “showed her a large kitchen knife,” threatening to “kill her if she did not get into the car” as she walked home from Hunter High School Jan. 28.

She said the man forced her to lay down on the seat and floor of the car, duct-taped her hands, feet and mouth then took her to a house and raped her. After holding her against her will for about four hours, police say he let her go.

Her sister called their parents to let them know the 15-year-old never made it home. Detectives were able to locate her phone, which they say Lujan threw from the car, through GPS tracking.

Based on her phone's location and her description of the car and house she was taken into, police were led to the residence where they found Lujan.

He was on parole for attempted murder and kidnapping at the time, and police said surveillance video shows the vehicle matching Creed’s circling other schools in the same area.