LOGAN — A 65-year-old Wellsville man has been arrested for allegedly downloading child pornography, according to law enforcement. Joseph Boyd Jensen was booked May 13 into the Cache County Jail.

Jensen was arraigned during a virtual hearing May 15 in Logan’s 1st District Court. He was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Jensen after he allegedly left a voice mail on a probation agent’s phone. On the message, the Wellsville man is heard asking for “Suzie” to come over and hot tub with him. He explicitly asked her to wear the tiniest bikini that she could find.

Deputies reported that during the voice mail, Jensen allegedly referred to “Suzie” being a 14-year-old girl. Probation agents believed the suspect may have been using drugs or alcohol, a violation of his probation in an unrelated case.

On May 13, investigators made contact with Jensen at his Wellsville residence. At first, he denied making the call, but later claimed it was a joke after being pressed by law enforcement, a probable cause statement detailed.

When probation agents looked at Jensen’s cell phone they found evidence that he had been searching for child pornography. They also searched a second phone and found several images of underage girls in various stages of undress.

Deputies reported in the affidavit, finding women’s underwear and swimwear laying around the home even though Jensen is the only one who lives in the residence.

According to court records, Jensen previously pleaded guilty to possession or use of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months probation.

Jensen remains in jail on $10,000 bail in the new case. He is scheduled to appear in June for a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present their evidence.  

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

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