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Man sentenced to prison in sexual exploitation case dating back to 2012

A man who pleaded guilty in July to sexually exploiting a minor who resided outside the country was sentenced to prison on Thursday.

Nicholas Larry Smith, 36, was sentenced to an indeterminate term of 1-15 years in the Utah State Prison. Judge Brian Cannell said Smith avoided consecutive sentences due to personal efforts made toward treatment and showing some level of remorse.


For Cannell, it appeared Smith was “getting a glimpse” that on the other side of a computer screen there are real people and real harm done. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.