Man accused of exploiting nude photos from Utah teen to go to trial
A 31-year-old Oregon man accused of receiving nude photos of a 13-year-old Roosevelt girl that were taken by her mother has been ordered to stand trial.
Daniel Dean Divine was charged in 8th District Court with three counts of sexual exploitation, a second-degree felony, and misdemeanor enticing a minor over the Internet. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday, and will appear in court again in October. A trial date has not been set.
The girl's mother is also facing charges for allegedly helping her daughter take nude photos after the 13-year-old couldn't figure out how to use the iPhone that Divine had sent to her as a gift. The mother is facing three charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
According to charging documents filed in 8th District Court, the 36-year-old mother knew the photos were being sent to Divine.
The teen "realized Daniel was older and wanted to have sex so she took the photos just to keep him happy," a Duchesne County sheriff's deputy wrote in a probable cause statement filed in court.
The mother, who The Tribune is not identifying to protect the child's identity, told police she asked her daughter "if she was sure she wanted to send these photos," the document states, but still took three photos of her daughter after the girl had just taken a shower.
Police say Divine sent the girl the iPhone and a camera, which already had on it photos of the man, shirtless and holding a teddy bear the girl had once given him as a Valentine's Day gift.
Divine requested the nude photos when he sent her the iPhone, court documents state.
The girl's mother told police Divine was a "very good friend of the family" and that he and her daughter "were going to wait until she was 18 years old before they had a sexual relationship," court documents state.
The mother pleaded not guilty to the charges in August. A trial has been for her is set for Dec. 14.
Divine remains in the Duchesne County jail, where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.
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