LOGAN — A judge has ordered a 31-year-old Summit, Washington man to serve two more months in jail for sexting a Richmond teenager. Judge Kevin Allen sentenced Larry Ketchum to 210-days in jail but gave him credit for the 150-days he has already served.
Ketchum appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty to enticing a minor over the internet, a second-degree felony.
According to the arrest warrant, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Ketchum, after the victim’s father surrendered a tablet that the 13-year-old girl had been using to allegedly correspond with the suspect. The messages were graphic in nature and included pictures of the suspect’s genitals.
Investigators later used the victim’s social media account to pose as the girl to communicate with Ketchum. He again sent sexually explicit pictures and asked for similar photos. Throughout the conversations, investigators made it clear that the victim was underage.
Investigators tracked Ketchum’s social media account and cell phone to a residence in Washington. Records allegedly showed he also attempted to solicit nude photographs from several other young girls.
During Monday’s court appearance, public defender Bryan Galloway said several psychologists had evaluated Ketchum. They had determined even though he was competent to stand trial, he had mental disabilities. Galloway suggested the best option would be to allow his client to travel to Missouri, where the defendant’s family lives and could help him.
Ketchum spoke for only a moment. He told the court, “I am sorry. I won’t do it anymore.”
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon disagreed. He explained that he understood Ketchum’s competency level but stated the defendant should still be sent to prison. “He still knew better,” said Gordon. “This is a serious case and should result in serious consequences.”
Judge Allen sentenced Ketchum to serve 60 more days behind bars. He also ordered him to complete 40-hours of community service and sex offender therapy. He prohibited him from having internet access and stay away from minor children.