Booking photo for Jack Melton Flint. (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)
LOGAN — A 25-year-old Logan man and former instructor at Utah State University has been sentenced to jail for sharing child pornography over the internet. Jack M. Flint was ordered to turn himself into the Cache County Jail by Tuesday, after telling the court he was sorry for what he had done.
Flint was sentenced Monday morning in 1st District Court. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and two counts of enticing a minor by internet or text, a third-degree felony.
On Sept. 16, Logan City police officers began investigating Flint after receiving a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It described how the defendant used an internet site in which anonymous video and text chats can occur.
Flint would chat with other users. He would claim to be a 17-year-old boy and invited the other individuals to join a 14 to 18-year-old Snapchat group by sending a picture of their genitals.
During Monday’s sentencing, Cache County Deputy Attorney Griffin Hazard said law enforcement had found over 100 images of preteen boys that Flint had received and exchanged with others. He explained that even the victims are unidentified, they each were of a young boy who was victimized, and fuels the child pornography industry.
Flint apologized to the court and claimed the crimes happened because he hadn’t addressed his sexuality. He expressed sorrow for what he had done to the victims and his family.
Judge Angela Fonnesbeck said she couldn’t ignore how many victims there was in the case. She ordered Flint to serve 105 days in jail, giving him credit for one day previously served.
At the time of his arrest, Flint was an employment specialist and instructor in the USU EmployAbility Clinic at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice (IDRPP). He was immediately instructed to not return to his worksite at USU or visit any job sites.