State rehabilitation councilor arrested for enticing minor over the internet

Mugshot courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — A state rehabilitation councilor has been arrested on suspicion of enticing teenage boys to have sex with him over the internet. Nichalos Deelstra was booked into the Cache County Jail Thursday morning.

Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said officers interviewed Deelstra after he allegedly called the FBI, claiming that he was being scammed. He admitted to trying to arrange to have sex with an underage boy, after placing an ad on Craigslist. The 54-year-old North Logan man said he solicited for sexual activity with the teen, who claimed he was 15-years-old. The two allegedly exchanged pornographic photos of each other.

Deelstra reported that the boy never showed up, and a person claiming to be the teenager’s father contacted him. The man claimed the boy had damaged a vehicle driving to the defendant’s home, and demanded money to cover the repairs.

Deelstra reportedly sent $1,472 in gift cards to the man before contacting authorities.

Budge said they were still trying to determine if the two ever engaged in sexual activity.

Deelstra was in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, hours after prosecutors filed four charges against him. They include sexual exploitation of a minor and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, both third-degree felonies. He was also charged with two counts of enticing a minor over the internet, a class A misdemeanor.

Deelstra appeared by closed circuit video from the jail. Judge Kevin Allen set bail at $10,000 and ordered him to have no contact with minors or access to the internet, if he is able to post bail. He also ordered him to have pretrial supervision by probation officers and appear again in court September 18.

Deelstra spoke only briefly, telling the judge he had no questions.

According to a state employment database, Deestra is a rehabilitation councilor who works for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. He has not yet hired an attorney to represent him.

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