20-year-old charged with rape of a child

Jan 13 2010 - 8:18am

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Cameron Gareth Jatho, 20
Cameron Gareth Jatho, 20

BOUNTIFUL -- A 20-year-old Bountiful man and a 13-year-old girl met online at a Web site for vampires in November and lied to each other about their ages, police say.

Now Cameron Gareth Jatho is facing 10 counts of rape of a child and two counts of sodomy on a child. He was arrested Saturday, the same day the 13-year-old girl told police they had gotten engaged to be married, said Lt. Randy Pickett.

"He thought she was older, and she thought he was younger. Even at that, it still wouldn't have made it right," Pickett said.

Jatho was arrested after being seen with the girl at a park.

"We got a call from a neighborhood watch group that saw two people sitting under a tree and just being suspicious," Pickett said.

"By the time the officers got there, they were gone, but other kids in the area recognized the 13-year-old girl and knew who she was."

Police went to the girl's home, where she told them she was Jatho's fiancee and described how the relationship began, details that Jatho confirmed later when he was arrested, Pickett said.

"He would come to her house in the evening, she would sneak out of the house, and it eventually led to sex and the sodomy," Pickett said.

"She said that she was a willing participant, that he never forced himself on her. She told us they got engaged that night they were seen (at the park)."

Jatho is being held at Davis County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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