LOCAL NEWS

Former sex crimes prosecutor arrested for child porn in Utah County

Aug 25, 2022, 5:02 PM | Updated: Aug 26, 2022, 11:09 am

(FILE photo KSL TV)

(FILE photo KSL TV)

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A tip led investigators to the arrest of a Utah man suspected of sexual exploitation of a minor. Gary Lee Bell, 66, used to prosecute crimes against children for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Bell, who worked in the Child Protection Division of the AG’s office, is now in the Utah County Jail, held on a no-bail request by investigators who believe he is a danger to children.

“I am requesting Gary be held without bail due…to the egregiousness of the crime,” court documents written by investigators state, that also says he is frequently in proximity and a danger to children.

An Aug. 4 tip to the Special Victims Unit of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office reported finding six images depicting child sex abuse. Investigators located an email and IP address that led them to believe Bell was involved. A warrant was obtained and executed.

Documents state that during the booking process after his arrest Wednesday morning, Bell was asked what his email address was and he responded with the same one investigators named in the warrant.

The warrant was served at Bell’s home in Spanish Fork where probable cause documents state that six images of explicit sexual abuse of children between 6 and 8 years old were found in Bell’s possession. Official charges are filed by prosecutors in the AG’s office. Bell will be held by the county, suspected of the six felony counts, one for each image specified in documents.

Bell elected not to talk to investigators after he was informed of his Miranda rights. Documents stated that children are frequently in Bell’s home and investigators said because of the nature of the crime, it was believed Bell was a danger to them.


The State of Utah says the law requires any person who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse, neglect, or dependency to immediately notify the nearest office of Child and Family Services, a peace officer, or a law enforcement agency. Abuse, neglect, or dependency of a child can be physical, emotional, or sexual. If any child or person is currently in danger, call 9-1-1.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

[File] Utah Highway Patrol State Trooper car (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)...

Larry D. Curtis

Child struck, critically injured by tractor near Coalville

A tractor hit a 5-year-old boy who darted into the road, critically injuring the child.

10 months ago

(FILE) Police vehicles are parked outside the South Jordan Police Department on Friday, April 24, 2...

Michael Houck

Police: Three teens hospitalized after crashing into wall in South Jordan

Three teenagers were injured after crashing into a concrete wall Tuesday morning, police say.

10 months ago

Elephants Zuri and Christie will be transferred from Utah's Hogle Zoo to another accredited facilti...

Josh Ellis

Elephants leaving Utah’s Hogle Zoo after more than 100 years of care

Utah's Hogle Zoo elephants Christie and Zuri will be transferred to another accredited zoo, ending the zoo's continuous care of elephants after more than 100 years.

10 months ago

The town of Hideout wants to annex hundreds of acres from Summit County and Wasatch County, includi...

Michael Houck

Landowners in-between Hideout and Kamas file for township

A group of Summit County landowners filed to incorporate as a new town called West Hills Tuesday.

10 months ago

(Chopper 5)...

Debbie Worthen

Residents meet with Draper leaders to find out what’s next for neighborhood after landslide

Dozens of Suncrest residents met with Draper city leaders for a town hall-style meeting two weeks after the ground below two homes collapsed and sent them sliding down the mountainside.

10 months ago

Flooding temporarily closed state Route 39 in Ogden Canyon Tuesday morning. (Utah Department of Pub...

Josh Ellis

Utah roads, parks close due to flooding and high runoff levels

Several roads were closed due to flooding Tuesday morning, and warm temperatures will keep rivers and creeks running high throughout the day.

10 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...

PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...

BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.

Close up of an offset printing machine during production...

Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...

Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...

Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.

notebook with password notes highlighted...

PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.

Former sex crimes prosecutor arrested for child porn in Utah County