Sex offender arrested for molesting girls at sleepovers, more victims possible KREM January 04, 2018
A Hurricane man who violated his sex offender registration requirements was arrested for several additional counts of sexual abuse against minors.
Sean Timothy O'Neill was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with two sex offender registry violations, tampering with witness evidence, and two counts sex offenses against minors — one of which is a sodomy charge.
He's being held at the Washington County jail, and his bail was enhanced to $75,000 cash-only.
Court records indicate O'Neill was arrested in May of last year and charged with a sex offender registry violation. The case is still pending.
According to the probable cause statement, investigators interviewed O’Neill's business partner, Eric Gelter. Gelter told investigators O’Neill had asked him to be a witness in his prior case in Washington County, but that O’Neill had told him to lie in court.
The Hurricane City Police Department issued a news release regarding O'Neill, stating that he has previously been convicted of enticing a minor over the internet in order to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
According to the release, detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation into O'Neill based on his history of sex crimes against minors in addition to this most recent offense.
An interview with the 17-year-old victim in O’Neill's most recent case was interviewed at the Children's Justice Center in December, according to the probable cause filed in the case.
The statement alleges O’Neill, 48, was communicating with the minor, 17, through Facebook messenger and text messages, and that he used several aliases online.
During the interview, the victim disclosed that O’Neill picked her up from her residence in Hildale and brought her to his work. Shortly afterward, according to the probable cause, O’Neill took the minor to his home.
There, the victim told officials O’Neill had taken off his clothes as well as hers, and that "she said she wanted to tell him 'no,' but she felt like she couldn't," the probable cause reads.
The victim described feeling like "a rag doll" while the assault was occurring, according to the document.
During the course of the interview, the minor disclosed that she had been to O’Neill's house twice: once alone and once with a friend of hers. At some point, according to the probable cause, the minor and O’Neill shared nude photos of themselves online.
Anyone who has had contact with O’Neill, either in person or via social media, is encouraged to reach out to the HPD at 435-627-4999.
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