FARMINGTON — A Salt Lake City police officer is in jail after being arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Jonathan Isaac Dew, 39, was booked in the Davis County Jail Wednesday around 10 p.m. and is being held on three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies.

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced Thursday morning that Dew is being placed on administrative leave while the case is active, according to Detective Michael Russ, a public information officer for the department.

Dew has worked for the SLCPD for roughly 10 years, according to Utah Attorney General’s Office spokesperson Cindy Reinhard.

In October, agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force observed requests to download over 10 known child porn files, and later found the IP address that downloaded the files. Agents were able to trace the IP address to a home in Syracuse, according to charging documents.

Police searched the home for the illicit material and found a woman and two children at the home. Investigators found a silver HP laptop that allegedly contained child porn files. The woman said the laptop belonged to her husband, Dew, and added that she thought the laptop was broken and did not know it still worked, charging documents say.

ICAC agents went to the SLCPD and arrested Dew at his workplace. Dew allegedly asked for an attorney shortly after being advised of his Miranda rights.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office, who is prosecuting agency the case, requested a high bail amount for Dew because investigators found firearms in almost every room of the house and family members said Dew suffers from depression.

Dew is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond at the Davis County Jail.

He has yet to receive an initial appearance date for Farmington’s 2nd District Court.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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