LOGAN — A 51-year-old Logan man, who blamed his criminal behavior on his sexual identity, has been sent to prison for downloading numerous images and videos of child pornography. Tony M. Teeples refused to speak in court during sentencing but pounded his fist against his chest, as he was led out of the courtroom by deputies.
Teeples appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
Cache County deputy attorney Jacob Gordon told the court that during his three-years prosecuting sex crimes, he had never seen a case so horrifying. He read the graphic descriptions of some of the files that Teeples had in his position when federal agents arrested him. They included movies and images of toddlers and babies being raped and sexually assaulted.
Gordon called Teeples “callous.” He said he was shocked how the defendant tried to minimize his actions, claiming that since he didn’t physically assault any of the children he didn’t hurt them. He asked the court to send the defendant to prison for as long as the law allowed.
In January 2018, Federal ICE agents received information that Teeples was downloading child pornography. They served a warrant to his home, where they found numerous images on several devices that were owned by the defendant.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, Teeples’ defense attorney, Randall Marshall said his client had struggled with pedophilia and the attraction to young girls for most of his life. He acknowledged that Teeples was convicted previously of molesting a child 20-years ago, but asked the court to keep his client out of prison. He argued that sending Teeples to jail and probation would help him to better control his behavior.
Marshall also read a portion of the pre-sentence report that had been compiled by probation agents. In it, Teeples claimed his sexual identity was that of a 5-year-old boy. He also acknowledged that because of that identity, he will always have an attraction to children.
Judge Brian Cannell said he was concerned how Teeples was so caught up in his addiction he failed to see how much it hurt others. He expressed disgust and said he felt sorry for the police officers that had to investigate the case. He ordered the defendant to serve the maximum sentence, 1-to-15-years in prison for each of the 10 felony counts. Two of the counts will be served consecutively, meaning Teeples will remain behind bars for at least two years before being eligible for parole.
Judge Cannell said even though Teeples had strong family support, he felt the responsibility to protect the public. He expressed hope that there might be some change in someday in the defendant’s life.