An Ogden man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy has been returned to Utah and made his initial appearance in court on Friday.
Ryan Mitchell Schaffer, 34, is charged in Ogden’s 2nd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and three counts of second-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He is accused of kidnapping the victim from a train station and forced the victim to commit sexual acts with him over several days in July.
After a month of searching, police found and arrested Schaffer in California. He has been held at the Humboldt County jail until this week, when he was extradited to Utah and booked into the Weber County jail.
Police say Schaffer approached the teen at a FrontRunner station on July 3 and threatened him with a knife. Schaffer allegedly took the boy all over Ogden over the next three days and forced the boy to have sex, sometimes at gunpoint.
Schaffer’ bail was set at $35,000. He is to appear in court again for a scheduling hearing on Jan. 27.
Schaffer is a registered sex offender in Utah, stemming from a 2007 case in Salt Lake County case where he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree felony exploitation of a minor.
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