Hyrum man arrested for allegedly filming a teenage girl bathing

Booking photo for Zachary T. Oakden (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

LOGAN —A 26-year-old Hyrum man has been arrested after he allegedly filmed a 16-year-old girl bathing. Zachary T. Oakden was booked Tuesday into the Cache County Jail, where he is being held until he can appear before a judge.

According to an arrest report, Cache County sheriff’s deputies began investigating Oakden after receiving a report that he allegedly possessed child pornography. The complainant had allegedly located the material on an internet file storage account shared with Oakden. It included a video of a girl taking a shower.

Deputies claim the video showed Oakden hiding a camera inside a bathroom and then leaving. A short time later, the alleged victim is observed coming into the bathroom and disrobing, before getting into a shower. She later gets, gets dressed and leaves.

According to the report, Oakden is again seen on the video coming into the bathroom and retrieving what appeared to be a hidden cell phone. The video then ended.

Tuesday, deputies contacted Oakden at his home in Hyrum. As they attempted to question him, he refused to cooperate and requested an attorney. He also declined to allow them to look at his cell phone, stating they would have to obtain a search warrant.

A judge later granted a warrant so deputies could search Oakden’s phone. It allegedly contained nude images of at least 10 minors.

Oakden was arraigned during a virtual hearing in 1st District Court Wednesday afternoon, appearing by web conference from jail. He was charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

Prosecutors requested Oakden be refused bail.

Judge Brian Cannell ordered Oakden to remain in jail and appear for a detention hearing Monday.

Court records show Oakden doesn’t have a criminal history. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.


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