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LOGAN — A 35-year-old Arizona man arrested for allegedly traveling to a Logan park to try and have sex with an officer posing as a teenage girl, is being bound over on a dozen felony charges. Kyle Silvio Arcurio waived his rights to a preliminary hearing, where a judge would have determined whether or not prosecutors have sufficient evidence in the case.

Arcurio participated Wednesday morning in a virtual hearing in 1st District Court, appearing by web conference from the Cache County Jail. He was previously charged with two counts of attempted sodomy on a child, one count of rape of a child and attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies; along with seven counts of enticing a minor by internet or text, a second-degree felony; and attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third-degree felony.

Defense attorney Ryan Holdaway explained that Arcurio wished to waive his rights to the preliminary hearing. He asked for more time as he continues to work out a possible plea deal with prosecutors.

According to an arrest affidavit, Arcurio reportedly contacted the undercover officer on an online messaging app on June 2. The officer was posing as a 13-year-old girl from Logan.

The report stated, Arcurio told the officer he was from Ogden but later said he lived in California and travels to Utah often for work. He then began asking sexually explicit questions about the officer, and sent graphic pictures and videos of himself.

Arcurio said he would be traveling to Utah for work and later expressed interest in meeting. A time was arranged to meet at a park in Logan. When the suspect showed up, officers were waiting to take him into custody, according to the affidavit.

While being questioned, Arcurio allegedly told police, “he was a sex addict and had wanted something new,” the report explained. He also had two condoms in his pocket, and knew he was speaking with a female under 18.

During Wednesday’s court appearance, Judge Brian Cannell accepted Arcurio’s waiver. He ordered the defendant to appear again for a pretrial conference Aug. 10.

Arcurio remains in jail, being held without bail. He could face up to life in prison, if convicted.

Individuals arrested and charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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