LOGAN — The owner of Nyman Funeral Home has been charged with attempting to have sex with a teenage boy. Lonnie Nyman was charged with 11 counts of sex crimes in First District Court Tuesday morning. At the same time, an attorney who represented the family, Tess A. Davis, was charged with two counts of obstructing justice.
Investigators allege, in March Nyman contacted a teenage boy through a social media app that is commonly used to arrange sexual encounters. He sent the boy three pictures of his genitals, and a video of an adult man and woman engaging in sex. During those conversations, he also received three explicit images of the teen.
The boy told deputies Nyman asked to meet him so they could engage in sexual activity. The boy said when they met though, he became uncomfortable with the suspect’s behavior and left before engaging in any sexual conduct.
A month later, the images of the boy were discovered on Nyman’s iPad by a family member. The tablet computer was given to defense attorney Davis.
When investigators attempted to retrieve the iPad, Davis reportedly refused and said the evidence was protected by attorney client privilege. She also would not help investigators identify the teenage victim, telling investigators several times to stop contacting her and her client. She later complied after being served a search warrant.
As the investigation continued, Nyman allegedly 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.”
Nyman faces three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, witness tampering and obstruction of justice, all third-degree felonies; and two counts of enticing a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
Prosecutors have asked a judge to issue a warrant for Nyman’s arrest. The request states he poses a significant risk to the community, especially children.
Davis has also been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony.
Both are expected to be arraigned in court within the next week.