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Ogden man receives federal, state child sex crime sentences

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 30, 2023

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

The United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City is pictured Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

OGDEN — An Ogden man will serve 10 years in a Nevada prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a pre-teen girl and distributing child pornography that he allegedly produced.

U.S. District Judge David Sam in Salt Lake City last week sentenced Michael V. Trivett, 36, to 10 years in the federal prison in Pahrump, Nevada, on the distribution charge, plus lifetime supervision after release, according to court records.

On Jan. 10, in a related case, 2nd District Judge Craig Hall in Ogden sentenced Trivett to one to 15 years in prison on a charge of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Hall said the state sentence could be served concurrently to the pending federal term.

According to federal charging documents, an agent with an anti-child pornography task force was working undercover on a messaging app, posing “as an adult male who was sexually active with his daughter.” Trivett, using a pseudonym, allegedly then graphically described being sexually active with a young girl. Trivett sent the agent an explicit video of a young girl, the charges said.

Police arrested Trivett at his workplace on April 13, 2022, reporting in charging documents that he possessed a syringe loaded with methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a 9 mm handgun and a large knife.

Charging documents said Trivett waived his Miranda rights and admitted sending and receiving child pornography via the messaging app. He also allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting 6- and 10-year-old girls and producing child pornography using the younger victim. He allegedly told police that he committed the abuse while high on narcotics.

In return for the guilty plea, the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to drop two other child pornography charges plus counts of illegal drug and firearms possession.

In the state case, the Weber County Attorney’s Office agreed not to file additional charges against Trivett in return for his plea to the child sexual abuse charge.


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