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July 25, 2021

Layton police arrest man accused of sexually abusing multiple girls

LAYTON — Police arrested a man Thursday and have accused him of sexually abusing five girls, including one as young as 4 years old.

Ricardo Rios, 49, was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of object rape, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, three counts of forcible sexual abuse, two counts of forcible sodomy, and three counts of sexual battery.

The investigation began May 1 when Layton police received a report of a 4-year-old girl being inappropriately touched by Rios, according to a police affidavit. As detectives started interviewing people, they said they learned Rios may have abused several people for years.

One girl was allegedly abused in 2005, which sparked an investigation by Ogden police. But when interviewed by police at that time, “she became highly stressed and did not disclose anything,” according to Ogden’s report. Ricardo denied the allegations and the case was closed, the affidavit says.

Another girl said she was abused “nearly every single day” for years, and that Rios “would pay her cash not to tell anyone and if he did not have cash, he would threaten to kill her whole family if she told,” according to the affidavit.

At least two other girls told police that Rios threatened to kill them if they disclosed the alleged abuse, the affidavit states.

Rios was questioned by police on Thursday and arrested at the conclusion of the interview.

“Ricardo has no sexual boundaries and has shown predatory behaviors consistently in the abuse of these young victims,” police wrote in the affidavit.

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