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April 11, 2021

Payson man offered young teens money for sex acts, charges say

PAYSON — A Payson man was charged Monday with offering money to teenage girls in exchange for sexual acts.

Daniel Sanchez, 44, is charged in 4th District Court with two counts of criminal solicitation, and two counts of arranging to distribute drugs, first-degree felonies; plus criminal solicitation and enticing a minor, class A misdemeanors.

Sanchez is accused of offering three girls, who are either 13 or 14, $50 to $100 on separate occasions for sexual acts since January, according to charging documents.

He also “threatened” one girl, telling her that “she would be in trouble and something might happen to her if she told anyone,” the charges state.

In February, police say Sanchez forced one of the girls to smoke methamphetamine.

“The victim told him no until he began to hold (a pipe) to her face and demand she smoke it,” according to the charges.

Sanchez also offered the same girl $50 to “play nasty” and in March gave her a pill later identified by police as a schedule II amphetamine, the charges state.

When police questioned Sanchez, he claimed he was only testing the girls to see if they would take him up on his offer to have sex “in order to keep his son safe,” according to a police affidavit filed when he was arrested.

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