LOGAN — Months after being arrested on suspicion of trying to have sex with a teenage boy, Lonnie Nyman has pleaded guilty. The 45-year-old owner and president of Nyman Funeral Home will continue to be held in the Salt Lake County Jail until he is sentenced in August.
Court records show Nyman appeared in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City Monday morning. The Millville man pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, obstruction of justice and tampering with a witness, all third-degree felonies; and two misdemeanors of seducing a minor over the internet.
Nyman was originally arrested October 30, after contacting a boy through a social media app commonly used to arrange sexual encounters. Detectives began investigating him after a family member found photos of the teen on the suspect’s computer tablet.
Authorities later learned that as the investigation started, Nyman contacted the victim on the same app again, telling him that his family had found out about their relationship. He later called the boy and told him that if anyone questioned him, he should lie and say, “all we did was visit.”
Police arrested Nyman a second time in November. He was suspected of writing fraudulent checks when he tried to post bail the first time.
In March, Nyman was arrested a third time. He was accused of trying multiple times to contact a witness in one of his other cases. The communications allegedly occurred earlier this year while the defendant was on pretrial supervision after being allowed to post bond a second time.
During Monday’s court appearance, Nyman’s sentencing was scheduled for August 12. He still faces additional charges in the remaining cases.