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Utah Attorney General’s Office Files San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Case

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah May 12, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced today that it filed charges against the San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies for criminal misconduct involving another person within the San Juan Sheriff’s Office and obstructing the investigation into that misconduct.  The charges come after an investigation by the OAG.

“It is never pleasant to bring charges against a fellow public servant, but when it is necessary, we will diligently do our jobs to assist the Court in holding them accountable,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes.

The OAG Justice Division’s Special Prosecutions Section charged San Juan County Sheriff Richard A. Eldredge with one felony and three misdemeanor counts, including Retaliation against a Witness or Victim, Reckless Endangerment, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct.  Chief Deputy Sheriff Alan P. Freestone is charged with one felony and two misdemeanors, including Retaliation against a Witness or Victim, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct. Deputy Robert J. Wilcox is charged with three misdemeanors, including Reckless Endangerment, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct.

If convicted, the felony charges carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5000.00.  The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum jail sentence of one year for a Class A Misdemeanor and six months for a Class B Misdemeanor.  Each Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless convicted in accordance with the law.


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Utah AG Announces Sentencing of Emilio Daniel Chavez

Sentenced to 2-30 years for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

WEST JORDAN, Utah May 12, 2017 –   The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced that earlier this week 26-year-old Emilio Daniel Chavez, was sentenced to 2-30 years in the Utah State Prison. Chavez was sentenced by Judge William K. Kendall based on the Chavez’ conviction for four counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (i.e. possessing, viewing, distributing images of child pornography) following a three-day jury trial.

“Like all those in my office who work on these disturbing cases, I am sickened by the crimes against children perpetrated by individuals like Mr. Chavez,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “I hope victims, whether from this case or others, feel some justice has occurred with his conviction but I understand that they can be dealing with the aftermath of their exploitation for a lifetime.

“My congratulations to Special Agent Bret Richmond, Investigator for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Det. Jeff Wabel of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Det. Sgt. Ronald C. Bridge of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, and Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Poulson and Assistant Attorney General Kent Burggraaf for their hard work in investigating and prosecuting this heinous crime. We cannot say enough about the importance of the fight against pedophiles who create, sell, trade and view child pornography.”

ICAC agent Det. Sgt. Ronald C. Bridge stated, “This is a gruesome crime that goes on behind closed doors, in front of a computer screen, ICAC will continue to work tirelessly to bring these kinds of perpetrators to justice.”

The investigation into the Chavez’s criminal activities began in December of 2012.  Then Special Agent, Bret Richmond, Investigator for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), began investigating Chavez’s Internet activities after a lead from ICAC affiliate Utah County Sheriff’s Office Det. Jeff Wabel, specifically focusing on video Chavez was suspected of sharing and distributing over the Internet.  

After several months of attempting to locate him, Chavez was interviewed in November 2013.  His laptop computer was seized for further forensic examination after ICAC agents located several images of child pornography.  Forensic examiner Matthew Anderson of the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory conducted a full forensic examination and located 1384 images of suspected child pornography and child erotica.  ICAC Agent Det. Sgt. Ronald C. Bridge of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office submitted the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program located at least four known identified victims.  

Upon completion of the investigation and computer forensic examination, Assistant Attorney General Cynthia A. Poulson filed four counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor against Chavez.  The Attorney General’s Office obtained and filed a victim impact statement from one of the victims with the court.  

At sentencing, Judge Kendall stated, “the jury did not find your testimony credible and neither did I.”  Judge Kendall told Chavez the interests of justice were served by imposing a prison sentence.  

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AG Reyes Congratulates AAG Susan Eisenman on Appointment to Third District Juvenile Court

SALT LAKE CITY May 11, 2017 – The Office of the Attorney General released the following statement congratulating Utah Attorney General Division Director Susan Eisenman for her appointment by Governor Gary Herbert to the Third District Juvenile Court:

“Susan has been an amazing leader for our office and for the state and we are sad to see her leave,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “She is no-nonsense but fair and compassionate; meticulous yet remarkably efficient. Susan also possesses the rare combination of a brilliant legal mind, tremendous judgment and creativity in problem-solving and the ability to manage people in a most nurturing and productive way. Her clients, her division and all in the Utah Attorney General’s Office will feel her departure deeply. Nevertheless, we are thrilled by her appointment, and we know that she will serve the people of Utah from the bench with dignity, dedication, and brilliance, as she has throughout her career.”

Chief Civil Deputy Bridget Romano also commented: “I have known Susan Eisenman for several years now. She has been a trusted colleague, and one of my most valuable and creative managers. I cannot begin to fathom the hole that will be left in the office by her absence. The bench gains a tremendous legal mind and advocate for the interests of Utah’s children and the needs of the families. I wish Susan nothing but the best.”

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Utah Attorney General’s Office Files Daggett County Jail Case

Charged include former Daggett County Sheriff and Deputies

DAGGETT COUNTY, Utah May 5, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced today that it filed charges against the former Daggett County Sheriff, Jerry Jorgensen, and several of his deputies for criminal misconduct involving inmates at the Daggett County Jail.  The charges come after an investigation by the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) Law Enforcement Bureau. The UDC received allegations of criminal activity being perpetrated by deputies at the Daggett County Jail which houses inmates for the Utah State Prison. After completion of its investigation, the UDC requested that the OAG review the findings of the investigation.

“The alleged actions of at least one defendant constitute unbelievably inhumane conduct and a reprehensible miscarriage of justice and the actions of all the defendants are inexcusable,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes.

The OAG Special Prosecutions Section charged former Daggett County Sheriff Deputy Joshua Cox with nine felony and two misdemeanor counts, including for Aggravated Assault, Transporting a Dangerous Weapon into the Secure Area of a Correctional Facility, Theft, and Reckless Endangerment. Former Daggett County Sheriff Deputy Ben Lail was charged with one felony for Aggravated Assault.  Misdemeanor charges were also filed against former Daggett County Sheriff Deputies Rodrigo Toledo and Logan Walker for Official Misconduct. Last, former Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen was charged with Misdemeanor charges for  Misdemeanor, Failure of Sheriff to Safely Keep Inmates, Obstruction of Justice, and Official Misconduct.

The numerous alleged policy and criminal violations uncovered throughout the investigation by UDC led to the removal of all Utah State inmates from the Daggett County Jail.  Jerry Jorgensen has resigned as Sheriff and a number of the deputies have been terminated by Daggett County.

Probable cause statements are attached below.

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AG Reyes Statement on Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

SALT LAKE CITY May 4, 2017 – Attorney General Reyes released the following statement today on the addition of two individuals to the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

“As I have stated often, our men and women in blue are some of the greatest public servants we have. For their contributions to our state and communities, they deserve the highest respect and appreciation we can impart. It is an honor for me and my team to oversee such deeply-experienced and exceptionally trained law enforcement agents and prosecutors in the Utah Attorney General’s Office who bring tremendous expertise to handle some of the most complex investigations in Utah. It is equally a privilege for our office to work on task forces and in the field with federal, state, county, city, and tribal officers who all make up our law enforcement family.  As we celebrate together the contributions of the officers who make up the ‘thin blue line,’ our hope is that law enforcement and the communities they protect may come together to rebuild trust and strengthen ties.

“Today we honor the service, memory, and families of Trooper Eric Ellsworth and Officer Cody Brotherson, each who paid the ultimate price. We will always be grateful for their sacrifice. Let us never forget in our prayers those who rush selflessly into harm’s way to protect and rescue those in danger.”

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Former Kane County Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Misuse of Public Money

KANE COUNTY, Utah May 4, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) announced the guilty plea of Georgia Baca today for charges related to the misuse of public money in her capacity as treasurer in Kane County, Utah. Baca resigned as Kane County Treasurer in March of 2016 after the Utah State Auditor’s Office released a report alleging that Baca had been stealing money for personal use for three years.

“I hope this brings some measure of closure to Kane County residents,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “As an elected official, the defendant held a fiduciary position with the citizens of her county.  Sadly, she breached this trust. While it is never pleasant to bring charges against a fellow public servant, when it is necessary we will diligently do our jobs to assist the Court in holding them accountable.

“My thanks and congratulations to the entire investigation and prosecution team, including Special Prosecutions Director Janise Macanas, Paralegal Rosie McDonough, Special Agent Christopher Walden, and Special Agent Aaron Jones.  We are also grateful to Kane County, and Utah State Auditor John Dougall and his office for their dedicated work throughout this process.”

“We appreciate the hard work of the Office of the Attorney General in prosecuting this important case,” said Utah State Auditor John Dougall. “Kane County Commission Chairman Clayson and other Kane County officials were very cooperative during our audit. This effort was the result of a conscientious individual noticing a suspicious transaction and raising that concern. The Office of the State Auditor is actively engaged in holding government officials accountable and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse within government.”

“This has been a difficult case, and I am grateful to see justice served for the people of our county,” said Representative Mike Noel. “I am grateful to both the prosecutors of the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Utah State Auditor, as well as to our own Kane County Attorney, Rob Van Dyke, for their professional handling of this case.”

Baca pleaded guilty to one count of Third Degree Felony Misuse of Public Money before the Honorable Judge Marvin D. Bagley in the Sixth Judicial District Court in Kanab, Utah.  The Court sentenced Baca to serve 30 days in jail.  Baca’s Utah State Prison sentence of between zero and five years was suspended, and she was placed on a 36-month probation. Baca was also ordered to pay $35,613 in restitution to Kane County.


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AG Reyes Statement on the Death of Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer

SALT LAKE CITY May 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes issued the following statement on the death of Catholic Bishop George H. Niederauer:

“Today, my wife Saysha and I had the honor and great pleasure to meet with His Excellency Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis and just an hour later heard of the passing of His Excellency Bishop George H. Niederauer. Utah is incredibly blessed to have over a century and a half of spiritual strength, guidance, and support from Roman Catholic leadership in Utah through the Salt Lake City Diocese.

“As the eighth Bishop of Salt Lake City, Bishop Niederauer shared his exemplary life with our Utah community for nearly a decade (1996-2005) as he built a solid foundation of collaboration and heartfelt love for those of his own and other faiths. I remember his kindness and strength in our personal interactions. He is remembered with fondness and appreciation by many today.

“The Diocese of Salt Lake City, as well as all Utah citizens, are also greatly blessed to have the Most Reverend Bishop Solis appointed by Pope Francis as the 10th Bishop of Salt Lake City’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Bishop Solis possesses a combination of tremendous spiritual power, dedication, humility, and an amazing sense of humor. In a few short weeks, he has been out among communities of our state getting to know and love Utah and its people. His commitment to visit every school in the state is so impressive. I am proud to share my Filipino-American heritage with His Excellency and look forward to many years of working together to solve community problems and serve our fellowmen.”

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Attorney General’s Office Urges Eligible Utah Residents to Submit Claims for Provigil Settlement

To receive settlement funds, claims must be filed by June 25, 2017 

SALT LAKE CITY May 1, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes urges Utah residents to file claims or make their views known on a $125 million multistate settlement that provides $35 million for distribution to consumers who paid for the brand-name drug Provigil or generic modafinil from June 24, 2006, to March 31, 2012.  The States asked and the court extended the time to file claims or express views on the settlement to June 25, 2017.

Provigil, which includes the active ingredient modafinil, is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work disorder.

In August 2016, Utah and 47 other state attorneys general announced the settlement with biopharmaceutical company Cephalon and its affiliated companies, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Barr Laboratories, that resolved allegations that the companies engaged in unlawful “pay-for-delay” anticompetitive conduct involving the patent exclusivity for Provigil.

The settlement included $35 million to compensate eligible consumers who may have been harmed by the alleged conduct. While the claims period has been advertised for several months, many consumers may not realize that the claims period will close. Originally, the deadline for consumers to file claims seeking to receive some of that $35 million or object to the settlement was Thursday, April 13, 2017.  The states sought and were granted an extension of the time to claim or object to June 25, 2017.

Eligible consumers are those who reside in the District of Columbia or any state other than California or Louisiana and who paid for brand-name Provigil or generic modafinil from June 24, 2006, to March 31, 2012. The total estimated recovery for Utah under the States’ settlement will be about $1.55 million, including compensation for Provigil purchases by these Utah consumers, and certain Utah government entities, and for the State.

For more information or to obtain a claim form, visit or call 1-877-236-1413.  

“Pay for delay” conduct occurs when a branded drug company seeks to unlawfully maintain its exclusive rights by paying a would-be generic competitor to delay entry into the market and thus keep prices at artificially high levels.

As the patent for Provigil neared expiration in 2001, the states alleged that Cephalon intentionally misled the United States Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) in order to secure an additional patent for the purpose of preventing competition. By misleading the PTO, Cephalon was able to obtain FDA exclusivity for modafinil until June 2006, and extend patent exclusivity until April 2012. A court subsequently deemed the additional patent invalid and unenforceable, but prior to that ruling, Cephalon was able to delay generic competition for over a decade by filing patent infringement lawsuits against all potential generic competitors.

Cephalon later settled lawsuits with its generic competitors in 2005 and early 2006 by paying them to delay the sale of their generic versions of Provigil until at least April 2012 – six years after expiration of FDA exclusivity but three years before patent expiration. The delayed entry allegedly cost consumers, states, and others hundreds of millions more for Provigil than if generic versions of the drug had launched by early 2006, as expected.

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April 29, 2017

This last Saturday was Utah Take Back Day, an opportunity for Utahns to drop off unused, unneeded, and expired prescriptions–no questions asked. And Utahns can still drop them off. Here’s my statement about the importance of getting rid of dangerous prescriptions that have exceeded their shelf life:⠀

“Prescription drug abuse, particularly for painkillers, has risen to epidemic levels nationwide, and Utah is no exception,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Prescription drugs, when administered and taken responsibly, can be a productive tool for pain management. But far too often, what begins innocently can lead to dependence and devastation.⠀

“In addition to overprescription, unauthorized access to even properly prescribed painkillers is one of the biggest drivers toward addiction. Many users of street drugs like heroin start by abusing their own painkillers, then move to finding other people’s prescription drugs. Addicts may be soccer moms or executives. They can be our kids, grandkids, kids from the block, good students or bad students included.⠀

“No community is immune. Addiction touches rural and urban areas, uptown or downtown neighborhoods alike. And whether we realize it or not, our medicine cabinets may be where they are looking next or where they may have already been. By teaming up on Take Back Day with partners like the DEA, AARP, and businesses and citizens across our state, we will recover hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of prescription drugs.”⠀⠀

Utahns can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To find a collection site near you, visit

Utahns can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Drop off unused, unneeded, and expired drugs is tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations statewide, in addition to year-round locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about the April 29th Take-Bake and to find a collection site near you, visit

April 13, 2017

Recently, Attorney  General Sean Reyes joined with Frank Abagnale in a Tele-Town Hall hosted by AARP Utah to talk about identity fraud and white collar crime. Millions of Americans fall victim to fraudulent schemes every year resulting in tens of billions of dollars landing in the pockets of con artists and other unsavory criminals. The AARP hosted the Tele-Town Hall to talk about steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.  Abagnale  is an AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador and identity theft expert, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for over four decades. A former master check forger who inspired the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can, he was one of the world’s most famous confidence men. Today, over 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.



April 12, 2017

Yesterday, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes greets youth in the Salt Lake City Police Explorer program during their visit to the Attorney General’s Office for training.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a specialized Post of Learning for Life. Post #2471, which is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Police Department, is open to young men and women from the ages of 14 to 20.


April 11, 2017

With Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, Utah legislators, and mental health professionals, and supporters looking on, Governor Gary Herbert ceremonially signed SB 37, as well as two amendments to suicide prevention statutes, moving the state one step closer to a statewide crisis line. Sponsored by Utah State Senator Daniel W Thatcher and Representative Steve Eliason, along with co-sponsors Representative Carol Spackman Moss and Senator Curt Bramble, the new law creates a commission to consolidate local mental health crisis lines. By integrating existing efforts into a single crisis line, the commission is tasked to create a single statewide line connecting individuals in a mental health crisis with a mental or behavioral health professional easier.


February 15, 2017

Often, the greatest heroes in American history go unsung, sacrificing for our country without fanfare or expectation of reward. AG Reyes hosted one such person while he was introduced on the floors of the Utah House and Senate: Retired Master Sergeant Gordon “Gordy” Ewell, pictured here with Rep. Eliason and Gibson and AG Reyes prior to going on the House floor. Ewell was one of 40 select individuals part of the first Explosive Hazard Coordination Cell, hunting for and detonating improvised explosive devices. He went on 59 combat missions, leading dozens of night missions. Master Sergeant Ewell was recognized by his superiors and earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

February 9, 2017

Governor Herbert declared February 9, 2017 Alfie Boe Day in Utah and expressed gratitude for Alfie and his contributions to Utah music. Connected to the Attorney General’s Office through his father-in-law, David Jones, Alfie Boe was hosted at the Capitol by Attorney General Sean Reyes for visits to the House and Senate, including impromptu performances of “Danny Boy.”


January 12, 2017

Human sex trafficking is a fast-growing, multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that spans the globe. The victims, predominantly young women and children, number in the millions. In an CLE approved-presentation with Talks On Law, AG Reyes discusses how authorities are combating this problem domestically and abroad by incorporating innovative approaches to enforcement and new laws to protect the victims and target traffickers, wherever they are. Click through here to watch and apply for CLE credit. 

Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks with Talks on Law about fighting human trafficking.

January 9, 2016

Tonight Attorney General Sean Reyes introduced Dr Kevin Bales, a leading expert on modern-day slavery. Dr. Bales has traveled to some of the world’s most dangerous places documenting and battling human trafficking. In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging: Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction. But why?

At the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy’s World Affairs Lecture Series, Dr. Bales will present his newest book, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World, and share his gripping examination of two entwined global crises: environmental destruction and human trafficking. Bales will also share his hopeful and inspiring solutions we can all employ to fight slavery and ultimately protect our planet.

This lecture is free and open to the public, present in recognition of Human Trafficking Month in partnership with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Refugee & Immigrant Center- Asian Association of Utah, and Engage Now Africa.

December 9, 2016

We support the positive efforts of the University of Utah’s #1-ranked Entertainment Arts and Engineering video game development program and all the good their creating. Today we joined them at EAE Play! with over 200 undergraduate and graduate students as they invited the public to come in and play their in-progress games. They’re working on everything from fun shooting games to medical apps that help with diabetes and autism. 2ae411cc-63d2-4abd-abb2-3124bf2350ea

November 28, 2016

For 22 years, The Jazz Bear has brought smiles and happiness to kids—especially those who are sick, injured or victims. This week, Attorney General Sean Reyes honored the Jazz bear by swearing him in as an honorary agent of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.  We’ve long had K-9 units, and now we will have the nation’s first Ursine unit. He has teamed up with law enforcement to lead the anti-bullying effort in schools throughout Utah.  He has visited police and fire stations, hospitals and kids homes, and we are grateful for his efforts.

 During the swearing-in ceremony, the AG presented the Jazz Bear with a full-sized, customized AG badge with his name and honorary agent status. We also honored Mrs. Gail Miller with her own badge.  Mrs. Miller and the Miller family have been tremendous supporters of law enforcement.  And we know that Bear couldn’t do what he does without their support.


November 23, 2016

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes challenges State Auditor John Dougall, Speaker Greg Hughes, and University of Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham to dance the Wookie and take the pledge to not to text while driving ( According the FCC, 3,179 people are killed each year and 431,000 are injured in car  accident related distracted driving.


November 17, 2016

AG Sean Reyes caught up with county commissioners, attorneys, sheriffs, and other leaders from across the state at the annual Utah Association of Counties annual conference in St. George this week. The panels covered issues like opioid addiction, teen suicide, JRI, public lands issues, and more.

UAC 2016 St. George

October 14, 2016

Attorney General Reyes welcomed Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby, pictured here along with Chair of the Utah State Tax Commission John Valentine, as the opening speaker at the Utah Attorney General’s Office annual CLE conference.


October 11, 2016

The Attorney General greeted statewide staff at a training for staff at the Children’s Justice Centers.


September 11, 2016

“I had many tears as I recognized my dear friend Gordon Ewell as the first inductee into the Utah Patriot Hall of Fame,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes, as he participated in Ewell’s induction to the Utah Patriot Hall of Fame in Sandy, Utah. “His parents, Rod & Marjorie and his wife, Melanie, were all there to make it even more special. Gordy has been honored in many other states but largely forgotten in his home state when it comes to recognition. While he doesn’t care, I and many other friends do. On September 11, 2016 we changed that.

“Gordy was touched by the long and thunderous standing ovation from the thousands gathered at the Healing Fields tonight. A veteran of Iraq, MSG Ewell is a recipient of a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and many other commendations. A survivor of six separate IED explosions, he continually worked to protect his men under heavy enemy fire. Due to his service, he is legally blind, deaf and only miraculously alive, but he is the most positive, giving and patriotic person I know.

“He’s not bitter when he could be, doesn’t feel sorry for himself because he’s so busy worrying about others and he’s not depressed because he’s being strong for the tens of thousands of vets we’ve lost to suicide from depression.”


August 31, 2016

Today we announced with The Americas Council free workshops to inform, provide tools and educate the Hispanic community, regardless of their legal status. They will be held once a month from September 2016, and spread throughout the year 2017 as well. The topics will be varied: abuse and crime in buying and selling houses or cars, false notaries and fake immigration agents, cyber bullying, abuse of women, abuse of immigrants, child abuse, abuse starting new business, financial fraud, fraud in general, emotional and psychological abuse, among others.


July 27, 2016

UPPING OUR GAME: in the ongoing effort to improve our management practices, Attorney General Sean Reyes hosted Al Lama from the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI, for short) to provide management training to many of our division and section managers.


July 14, 2016

In cooperation with local and national law enforcement agencies, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced in a press conference a multi-month investigation that resulted in the arrests of a number of individuals on human trafficking and child sex exploitation charges.


June 24, 2016

The Utah Attorney General’s Office has been recognized for its appellate advocacy by the National Association of Attorneys General.  The awards were announced and disseminated on Thursday, June 23 during the NAAG Summer Meeting in Burlington, Vt. Recently retired Attorney General Laura Dupaix was honored with one of two Attorney General Career Staff of the Year Awards for extensive work on several multi-state cases. Additionally, Solicitor General Tyler R. Green, Deputy Solicitor General Laura B. Dupaix, Criminal Appeals Director Thomas B. Brunker, and Search & Seizure Section Director Jeffrey S. Gray were recognized for excellence in brief writing for the U.S. Supreme Court with the 2016 NAAG Supreme Court Best Brief Award.

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June 15, 2016

With Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes met with members of the Ute Tribe Council to sign agreements between the Tribe and the State of Utah. Ute Tribe


June 6, 2016

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, State Senator Daniel Thatcher and University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) representatives conducted a training for clergy from across the state on how to use SafeUT app to help teens in crisis. The training, known as “safeTALK,” is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Learn more and watch a video of the post-training press conference here.

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May 27, 2016

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes presented Sierra Carr of Elk Run Elementary the winner of the 2016 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Watch Fox 13 News’ coverage of the award ceremony.

May 18, 2016

At Best of State 2016, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes accepted the award for Elected State Official, Daniel Burton the award for State Agency on behalf of all of the excellent attorneys and staff in the Utah Attorney General’s Office‘s, David Sonnenreich the award for Web-based Community Resource for the White Collar Crime Offender Registry, and Leo Lucey the award for Public Safety for the AG’s Investigations Division. Also joining us was Deondra Brown Neilsen, who works with Utah’s Children’s Justice Centers and who received the award of Individual Humanitarian.


May 16, 2016

Happy Anniversary to our Children’s Justice Center Program. We’re proud of the work you do.
CJC Symposium 2016

May 14, 2016

Thanks to all who joined us for the 2016 Law Day Run!

On Saturday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office turned out in force to support the 2016 Law Day Run at the SJ Quinney College of Law on the campus of the University of Utah. Among all of the firms and organizations participating, the Utah AG’s office took third place for recruiting the most participants (not to mention a number of place winners in various divisions of the race). If you came, please click over to photos to see if we got a picture of you.

Race results can be found here:

2016 Law Day Run

May 4, 2016

Attorney General Sean Reyes recently met with parents and students at Roland Hall to discuss the negative effects of pornography as part of the Fight the New Drug campaign.Roland Hall fight the new drug

April 29, 2016

Congratulations to our Tracey Tabet, the Utah Children’s Justice Center Program Administrator, for receiving the 2016 Ann Freimuth Child Advocate of the Year Award.

Tabet oversees 22 Children’s Justice Centers and directs the National Children’s Justice Alliance, while also serving on the Utah Sexual Violence Council and the Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood, and is member of the Utah Women’s Forum.Group receiving


March 30, 2016

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes met with Reverend Franklin Graham while he was at the Utah Capitol for his Decision America Tour.

AG with Rev Franklin Graham

March 26, 2016

Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX 2016 is over, but the cause we took there still matters. Get the Safe UT app on to the phone of any teen you know and help them understand how it can help them be safe.

Comic Con Safe UT Booth

March 14, 2016

3.1415 = pies for the office, courtesy Utah’s Solicitor General, Tyler Green.

Pi Day

March 10, 2016

LEGAL EAGLES: The Utah Attorney General’s Office has the best interns. Many thanks to the hard work of the six stellar students that have devoted their time, tears, and talents during the 2016 Legislative Session. (And if you’re interested in becoming an intern, check out the link here:

All Interns

March 10, 2016

Utah Solicitor General Tyler Green and Deputy Solicitor General Stan Purser at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday after presenting arguments in Planned Parenthood v Herbert.

Planned Parenthood

March 9, 2016

From Rep. Angela Romero:

“Yes! #HB206 Human Trafficking Safe Harbor Amendments passed the Senate Floor 25-0-4 and is on its way to Governor Gary Herbert. Thank you Senator Wayne Harper, AG @Sean Sean D. Reyes, AG staffers Greg Ferbrache, Dave Carlson and Wade Farraway as well as Terry Palmer, the Backyard Broadcast team and many others.

“This bill ensures that children who are victims of sex trafficking must be recognized as victims so that they may receive effective treatment and protection.”

Pictured: Assistant Attorney General and Justice Division Director Greg Ferbrache, Representative Angela Romero, Assistant Attorney General Wade Farraway, and Senator Daniel Thatcher.

Human Trafficking Bill

March 9, 2016

You never know who you’re going to bump into when you’re up at the Capitol. Attorney General Sean Reyes caught up with the Stantons before they started the docent provided scavenger hunt at the east entrance to Utah’s historic Capitol building. (Also pictured is one of the excellent officers that protect the Capitol building.)

AG with Stantons

March 3, 2016

Coaches Sitake and Wittingham stop by to “consult” AG Sean D. Reyes.

AG with Coaches

January 28, 2016

Attorney General Reyes presented today at the Salt Lake ‪‎NAGTRI anti human trafficking training for prosecutors and investigators.12661901_1261027510580255_6266132749100419037_n

January 27, 2016

Attorney General Reyes was honored to speak to the Citizens Academy alumni and FBI Special Agent in Charge at the FBI Citizens Academy Board of Directors meeting for the Salt Lake chapter.


January 27, 2016

Today the Attorney General’s office had the pleasure of hosting survivor and healthcare provider focus groups with expert Dr. Laura Lederer.

Did you know a large percentage of human trafficking victims had contact with healthcare providers while being trafficked? For more information please visit:


January 7, 2016

Attorney General Reyes was able to discuss with members of the Parklane Senior Living community on how they can protect themselves and their families from financial scams – and what to do if they’ve been victimized.


January 7, 2016

Attorney General Reyes led a discussion on best business practices with the Polynesian Business Alliance this morning at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake.


January 4, 2016

Attorney General Reyes had the honor of swearing in 3 new members of the Kaysville City Council. Congratulations to Larry Page, Dave Adams and Jake Garn!





January 4, 2016

Attorney General Reyes joined Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Utah State Capitol. Special thank you to the Capitol Preservation Board for this beautiful, mosaic gift!

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December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Reyes Family!


December 22, 2015

Attorney General Reyes and family, along with Solicitor General Tyler Green and AG staff, partnered with Stop Hunger Now to package 15,000 meals for charity Tuesday afternoon.

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December 22, 2015

Attorney General Reyes spent some time on the Air-waves to help raise money for the homeless at The Road Home Meida-a-thon Tuesday morning. Over $2.9 million in critical funding was raised for The Road Home programs and year round services. Thanks to all those who donated!

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December 18, 2015

Attorney General Reyes has personally purchased “Liberty” – a painting by Utah Artist Mishel Goodrich – at a Operation Underground Railroad fundraiser benefiting victims of human trafficking. The painting will hang prominently in the Attorney General’s Capitol Office and we welcome the public to come and see this beautiful work!


November 19, 2015

Thank you to our Utah’s Children’s Justice Center (CJC) Program and it’s Directors from throughout the state of Utah. The work you do is greatly appreciated.

For more information about what they do please visit: Utah Children’s Justice Centers


November 11, 2015
Attorney General Reyes was honored to spend part of Veterans Day at the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah. Thank you veterans for your dedication to a grateful state and nation.
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Thank you Central Utah Veterans Home Staff and Volunteers

November 05, 2015
The 2015 Utah Attorney General’s Fall Continuing Legal Education
Conference is in full swing today. Big thanks to our dedicated CLE Committee – led by our very own Carol Verdoia!

November 02, 2015
Attorney General Reyes keynoted the 28th Annual Joining Forces Conference, hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Utah. Attended by national/local experts, the conference trains those who work to prevent, investigate, prosecute and treat child abuse and family violence.

October 30, 2015
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes along with National Center on Sexual Exploitation Director Dawn Hawkins, Fight the New Drug CEO/Co-Founder Clay Olsen & Operation Underground Railroad CEO Tim Ballard hosted a panel on human trafficking at the 2015 World Congress of Families.

October 23, 2015
Attorney General Reyes was pleased to be invited by Salt Lake Branch NAACP President Jeanetta Williams and attend the 96th Annual NAACP Life Membership & Freedom Fund Banquet. Congratulations to Raymond Christy, the Albert Fritz Civil Rights Award recipient of 2015.


  October 23, 2015
Attorney General Reyes was honored to give Eagle Gate College’s Fall Commencement address this evening. Congratulations graduates!
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October 8, 2015
Attorney General Reyes spoke at the Hispanic American Heritage Luncheon at Hill Air Force Base. He highlighted the great accomplishments of members of the Hispanic and Latino communities in Utah and throughout the U.S.


AG Reyes with the Hispanic American Committee at Hill AFB

October 7, 2015

Attorney General Reyes and Operation Underground Railroad’s Tim Ballard delivered the keynote address on human trafficking at the International Women of the Mountains Conference at Utah Valley University. Attended by a global audience including ambassadors from several nations, the event is co-organized by UVU and the International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) under the auspice of the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership.


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October 2, 2015

The Utah Attorney General’s Office thanks Dr. Fred McInnis (BYU Band Director) for his inspiration to thank statewide law enforcement. It was an honor to team with Dr. McInnis and BYU Athletics for Officer Appreciation Night at the BYU-UCONN game on October 2. A special thanks to Bam Bams BBQ for sponsoring dinner for officers and their families.

The night was truly amazing… starting out with AG Reyes lighting the “Y” on the field and continuing with highlights of local officers throughout the game. The fans in the stadium showed deep respect for those who risk their lives everyday to keep our communities safe. Half-time was extraordinary with motorcade troopers from multiple Utah County agencies riding around the field with lights and sirens blazing, and then BYU Marching Band played “National Emblem” a patriotic old-school military march and precision drill as Shante Johnson (wife of fallen Sgt. Derek Johnson) and Nan Wride (wife of fallen Sgt. Cory Wride) and their families were thanked for their sacrifice.
Thank you Utah law enforcement! AND… Thank you BYU for recognizing statewide law enforcement! 

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“Flipping the switch” to light the Y

On field

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AG Reyes with Shantè Johnson and Nan Wride

October 1, 2015

Murray Chamber of Commerce

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September 24, 2015

Grand Opening of Draper City Public Safety Wing of City Hall


Draper City Police are moving on up! They have outgrown their previous space in the basement of city hall and have moved to a much needed, newly constructed wing of the building. Congratulations to Chief Bryan Roberts and his officers on the beautiful new Public Safety Wing of Draper City Hall that they now call home. It was an honor to tour the new facility.

September 23, 2015

BYU Management Society in Utah Valley

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It was an honor to speak to the Utah Valley Chapter of the BYU Management Society on Ethical Leadership.


September 22, 2015

Utah Sheriffs’ Association Conference in St. George

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Thank you Utah Sheriffs’ Association for the opportunity to swear in the new officers. I enjoyed spending the week with law enforcement partners and training on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking in Utah.

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During Suicide Prevention week (Sept 6-12), Attorney General Sean Reyes spoke to hundreds of attendees with NBA and former Brigham Young University basketball star Jimmer Fredette (who was recently acquired by the San Antonio Spurs) at the Fredette Family Foundation’s Jimmerocity Kindness Dinner 2015. The event focused on the need to overcome all types of bullying in U.S. education systems through kindness, listening, reporting and embracing inclusion and diversity. AG Reyes spoke about love as the fundamental principle of life achievement and success and shared personal experiences of healing through the kindness of others.
In addition to regularly speaking out against all types of bullying, AG Reyes championed a statewide School Safety and Crisis Line that passed into law in the 2015 Utah legislative session. The Utah School Safety and Crisis Line Commission is chaired out of his office and is working towards an online, mobile app, text and call-in safety and crisis line for students that will launch within months. The School Safety and Crisis Line is currently being implemented at the world-renowned University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute.

September 11, 2015

“On this day marking one of our nation’s darkest moments, we celebrate the strength and resilience of the American people. While we mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, we recognize the great light of God, of our constitution, the liberties and freedoms we enjoy as a country and those who defend them. We thank military, law enforcement and first responders who protect and serve daily.

We remember their great sacrifice on that fateful September day in 2001 and continued sacrifices for the months and years to follow. Hopefully, we also recall the might of our collective power; a diverse citizenry. With all of us, average citizens, banding together to heal wounds and to defy evil. It is one of the lasting remembrances from such calamity–the great good that can be done when we are united as a people, with the welfare of our suffering brothers and sisters foremost in our minds and partisanship, divisiveness, prejudice and personal agendas cast aside.

It also reminds us of the need for America to be strong. Not in arrogance. Not with a sense of cultural superiority. But strong in its defense, strong in it purpose and strong in is commitment to the ideals of democracy and liberty. May God bless America with peace and prosperity when possible and strength and deliverance when it is not.”

– Attorney General Sean D. Reyes

September 10, 2015

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It was a sad day saying good-bye to Chief Civil Deputy Brian Tarbet. Luckily, Bridget Romano is ready to step up to this critical role in our office.


September 9, 2015

LDS thank you to Weber MorganIt was a pleasure to join Sheriff Terry Thompson today as the LDS Church (Elder Gary B. Porter of the Seventy) honored the Weber/Morgan Narcotics Strike Force today at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The work the Strike Force does on a daily basis is essential to keeping Utah communities safe and many times goes unnoticed by the greater community. Thank you to the LDS Church for taking the time to highlight our diligent officers in Utah. 

September 8, 2015


AG Reyes, Jerome Elam and our friends from KUTV2. 

What an honor to meet Jerome Elam – U.S. Marine Corps veteran, journalist, public speaker and survivor of child sex trafficking. Jerome’s story of survival clearly exemplifies the human spirit’s triumph over tragedy and his dedication to rid the world of human trafficking is inspiring. I am looking forward to working with Jerome and many other individuals and organizations in our fight against Trafficking in Persons!

Find out more about the Utah Trafficking in Persons Task Force here.

September 8, 2015


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Utah’s Executive Branch brought home the W (10-1) against the Utah State Legislators in the 2015 Exec vs. Leg Softball Game at Smith’s Ballpark in beautiful Smith’s Field. 


It was a pleasure to meet with such distinguished international guests at the Utah State Capitol on August 24 to discuss Trafficking In Persons. Thank you to AG Investigations Director Leo Lucey, AG Justice Division Director Greg Ferbrache and Ed Smart for the excellent training material that will now be taken back to Albania, Denmark, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Zambia. Together, we can changed the world!



The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy facilitates the International Visitor Leadership

Program which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. This

allows long lasting connections to be built with emerging foreign leaders and professional

resources in Utah. UCCD is guided by the principle of citizen diplomacy –the concept that as

citizens we have the right to help shape US foreign relations “one handshake at a time.”


My team and I returned to Colorado to meet Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Wednesday, August 19 for a fact-finding tour at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, hosted by the EPA. The area was breathtaking!

We were able to see the large gaping hole left by the devastating 3 million gallon waste spill into the Animas River that leads to Utah’s San Juan River. I am committed to ensuring that the EPA lives up to its commitment to be fully accountable for the injuries and damages that they incurred. The river is still alarmingly gold.

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Thank you to the organizers in our office and the community for an outstanding 9th annual Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Ride for Fallen Officers.

“Today thousands have come to honor the service, the memory and the families of the fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. And the most significant thing, aside from recognizing those on the wall, is to recognize that we don’t have any new names to add this year – fantastic news for the law enforcement community.”

August 17, 2015


It was an honor to present Certificates of Commendation to five Colombian Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación (Technical Investigation Team) officials for bravery, heroism and dedication to the protection of children internationally.

July 2, 2015

Early Sat morn shoot supporting Dan Farr & SLC Comic Con (2nd largest on earth)! Rebels, Jedi, Wookies, Droids, Troopers, Bounties & Sith. Spontaneous moment: R2 begins playing Billy Joel, Storm Trooper conducts, Rebels sing swaying w sabers as glo sticks & all join in on Piano Man. Mos Eisley got nothing on us!!

June 27, 2015

Celebrated Araw ng Kalayaan or Philippine Independence Day with Utah FilAms today. Listened to Norberto Buddy Reyes sing, gave a keynote speech, watched great dancers, musicians, & beauty queens, came in second in sack race & ate pancit, Lumpia, pan de sal, etc!

Proud to speak at the Freedom Dinner in Hyrum, Utah. One of the best patriotic & community events I’ve ever attended. Terrific band, Rootbeer floats, 21-gun salute for fallen soldiers, hospitality abounding. What an awesome place to live.

June 27, 2015



It was an honor to film Public Service Announcements on how to talk with children about the dangers of drinking and driving.

June 22, 2015




AG Reyes Celebrates 20 Years of Training in Children’s Justice Symposium / Utah Prosecution Council Domestic Violence Conference

June 9, 2015

CJC Symposium




AG Reyes Meets with Richfield City Leaders

Friday, May 29, 2015


Attorney General Reyes enjoyed visiting with Mayor David Ogden and the Richfield City Council.

AG Reyes Speaks at the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Attorney General Sean Reyes meets with Dr. David Sanders, Chairman of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

Attorney General Reyes addressed the professionals seeking to end child abuse and neglect fatalities on Utah’s efforts in reaching this goal. With continued participation of local communities, law enforcement, government organizations, and this Commission, child abuse and neglect fatalities can be drastically reduced. This meeting was an opportunity to work together to identify and develop solutions to keep children in Utah safe.





Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Sex Trafficking Victims – C-SPAN Video

Read Testimony Here




 Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and His Team Restore Trust: Win 2015 Best of State in Four Categories and Overall Winner of Community Development Award

The Attorney General’s Office has continually employed award-worthy attorneys, paralegals, investigators, staff and program managers. With renewed focus and leadership over the past 16 months, the nearly 250 attorneys, over 200 staff members, and large investigative division are excelling to an even greater degree than ever because they now are getting the resources they need to win and win the right way. I am proud of their work and the many leaders that have joined me from both the private sector and from within the office to serve and ensure that the citizens throughout our great state know that they can depend on our efforts. These awards are a tremendous expression by the public of our progress. We appreciate the organizers of Best of State for the honor. – Attorney General Reyes

The Best of the Best

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was awarded the BOSS (Best of State Statue)® for the Community Development category. One of only 10 awarded, this 20-pound, solid bronze, 24-karat gold-plated, sculpture is given to the most outstanding medal winner in each division.

Community Development – Public Sector – State Agency/Office

Community Development – Public Sector – Elected Official

Community Development – Public Sector – Public Safety

Community Development – Public Sector – Best Web-Based Community Resource



AG Sean Reyes Meets with High School Leaders


Friday, May 8

Students from schools throughout Utah gathered at the Capitol to hear AG Reyes address them about leadership.


AG Reyes Welcomes Peruvian Leader Fujimori to Utah! 


It was a honor to meet Keiko Fujimori and her husband Mark Villanella today in our beautiful State Capitol. I was so impressed with her dedication to the people of Peru and her desire to lead with long term democratic solutions. Most importantly to our office, we discussed ways of fighting international crimes like human trafficking and cyber-terrorism that impact our countries so seriously. I look forward to an ongoing relationship where we can learn from each other and offer joint solutions for lower crime and better government.



Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Norman Bangerter

The Utah Attorney General’s Office expresses its deepest sympathy to the Bangerter family upon the passing of Governor Norman Bangerter. Attorney General Sean Reyes said, “Norm was a great leader and public servant. For a long time, I was a fan from afar but became friends over the past few years with him. I appreciate the wisdom and advice he provided me with humility and genuine care. The State will miss him dearly. I will miss him. I wish his family comfort and peace.”


Brothers Attorney General Sean Reyes and Dr. Kyle Reyes Speak at TedxUVU



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It was a thrill to participate in the exceptionally well planned and executed TEDxUVU event at Utah Valley University. Being able to give a TED Talk and having my brother give one at the same event was particularly rewarding as I was able to speak about my heritage and how it has influenced my leadership approach. This particular event is one that will be forever etched in my memory as it was the last time I was able to have a conversation with my mom before her passing.  Minutes before my speech, she called to wish me good luck and give me a last-minute pep talk, making sure I was following the public speaking guidelines she taught me since I was a child and that all of my facts were double checked. I commend President Matt Holland and his entire UVU team for an amazing event. I look forward to the next TED opportunity!



Attorney General Sean Reyes greets the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America: Kenichiro Sasae

The Ambassador visited Utah to meet with local leaders on Monday, March 30, 2015.

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The Utah Attorney General hosted, along with other Japanese American leaders of Utah, the Honorable Kenichiro Sasae and his accomplished wife, Nobuko Sasae. The leaders discussed important economic and policy issues with local, national and international impact, including combating human trafficking, cyber crimes, counterfeiting, and all multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprises. The Ambassador was particularly impressed with AG Reyes’s Japanese heritage and his ancestors from the Maeda clan from the Ishikawa Prefecture. Former National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Presidents Floyd Mori and Judge Raymond Uno helped host the event where Attorney General Sean Reyes was recognized as the first Japanese-American statewide elected official in Utah history.



Attorney General Sean Reyes met with Robert F Kennedy, Jr. at the Utah AG’s Office in the Utah State Capitol regarding health and safety issues pertaining to the high rate of autism in the State of Utah. Mr. Kennedy is helping to promote the film and a book on the subject. He and his son were greeted by the Attorney General along with Utah Film Center Executive Director Geralyn Dreyfous.



Attorney General Sean Reyes, Representative McKell, and Senator Bramble Op-Ed:

White-collar crime registry gives Utahns powerful tool to fight fraud

March 21, 2015

The Salt Lake Tribune:

Utah is a great place to live and with our close-knit communities and low crime rates, we often forget than not everyone is worthy of our trust. Unfortunately, we experience an inordinately high level of financial fraud in this state and the predators are all too often friends and associates.

Over the past year, the three of us have worked together, looking long and hard to find a way to stem the growing tide of white collar crime in our state. We have come to the conclusion that an important part of this process is an educated populace, armed with tools to better protect themselves. Consumers and investors should have as much easily accessible information as possible when considering whom to trust with their investments.

Read more: Op-ed: White-collar crime registry gives Utahns powerful tool to fight fraud

Attorney General Reyes speaks to BYU Young Republicans

March 18, 2015

Utah AG Reyes was honored to be invited to speak to the BYU College Republicans.



Attorney General Reyes speaks to the Women’s Legislative Council of Utah County

March 17, 2015

AG Reyes had the privilege of speaking on the dangers of human trafficking, the perils of pornography, and recent undercover operations in different countries.

Thanks to the ladies for what they do for our state.

Sean Reyes gives radio interview to The Zone

 March 16, 2015

Attorney General Reyes had a wonderful time with Hans Olsen and Scotty G on 1280 the Zone to discuss sports, politics, and March Madness picks.



AG Reyes supports FFA Leaders

March 13, 2015

Attorney General Sean Reyes spent Friday with FFA leaders from around the state at the Snow College Sevier Campus.

He was honored to give the keynote address and to share in the enthusiasm of the great young leaders and their advisors and families. Agriculture community values help make this nation great.


Attorney General Sean Reyes says education, relationships key

March 11, 2015

The Davis County Clipper:

KAYSVILLE – When he wasn’t entertaining by performing a rap, he was enlightening with the story of a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles or a sting operation in Colombia.

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes kept the attention of an auditorium full of high school students as he shared not only rhythm and stories, but advice.

“Let’s get some of the mechanics out of the way first,” he said, after a quick rendition of a few rap songs he’d written. “Education is the most important thing that you can do in your life at this time.”

That education is more important during high school than romantic relationships, he said.

Read more: The Davis Clipper – Reyes says education relationships key


AG Reyes Thanks Salt Lake Comic Con Founders for Impact on Fighting Crime in Utah

March 10, 2015

 Attorney General Sean Reyes declared March 10, 2015 Fighting Crime with Salt Lake Comic Con Day.

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Salt Lake Comic Con founders Bryan Brandenburg and Dan Farr came to the Capitol to be honored for what they have done for the State of Utah.

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Senator Daniel Thatcher honored Salt Lake Comic Con on the Senate Floor.

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Salt Lake Comic Con has become the third largest in the nation, and, according to Stan Lee, is the greatest comic con in the world.

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Thanks to Salt Lake Comic Con for bringing out the hero in each of us.



Neon Trees Day 2015

March 4, 2015

Attorney General Sean Reyes thanks the Utah-based rock band Neon Trees for serving as admirable role models for Utah youth.

 Originating in Provo, Utah, Neon Trees has gained worldwide recognition for its music and for being one of the few rock bands that abstains from alcohol and drugs.



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After introducing them to Governor Herbert, Lieutenant Governor Cox, the House, and the Senate, Attorney General Reyes presented the band with a declaration proclaiming March 4, 2015 Neon Trees Law Enforcement and Education Day.





 Dr. Seuss Day

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Attorney General Sean Reyes spends the morning of March 2, 2015

with students in celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – March 2, 1904

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Impressive students from the University of Utah Greek System reading with Utah elementary students!


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 Attorney General Reyes films Public Service Announcements in Washington, D.C.

February 24, 2015

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes takes time out of his busy schedule to film public service announcements warning against the dangers of underage drinking.

Attorney General Sean Reyes has teamed up with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to fight underage drinking.




Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol

Attorney General Sean Reyes Awarded Outstanding Teachers and Students on February 19, 2015 in the Capitol Rotunda

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Attorney General Sean Reyes greets the Pacific Academy Choir

when they perform at the Utah State Capitol on February 23, 2015


Attorney General Sean Reyes and Chief Deputy General Brian Tarbet

Honor WWII Veterans at the Utah State Capitol on February 18, 2015






Attorney General Sean Reyes greets Utah State University Students…

It’s always delicious when the Aggies come to the Capitol

with Famous Aggie Ice Cream!




February 17, 2015

Attorney General Sean Reyes was honored to deliver citation

to WWII Medal of Honor recipient and valiant hero Jose Valdez


Bill Allred interviewed Attorney General Sean Reyes. Listen to the podcast below!

X96 | Let’s Go Eat Podcast: Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes


Attorney General Reyes greets the legislature with students in the Capitol Rotunda


Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Raps, Does War Dance, Impersonates Elvis on Bloomberg

Utah Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29


At No Cost to Utah, AG Office Provides Breakthrough Technology to Reclaim Prescription Drug Pills in an Environmentally Friendly Manner


SALT LAKE CITY April 28, 2017 – The Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) encourages Utahns to participate in the Utah Take Back on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations statewide. Utahns can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Find a take-back site at The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Additionally, eco-friendly reclamation bags donated at no cost to the state will be available for distribution from take-back locations.

“Prescription drug abuse, particularly for painkillers, has risen to epidemic levels nationwide, and Utah is no exception,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Prescription drugs, when administered and taken responsibly, can be a productive tool for pain management. But far too often, what begins innocently can lead to dependence and devastation.

“In addition to overprescription, unauthorized access to even properly prescribed painkillers is one of the biggest drivers toward addiction. Many users of street drugs like heroin start by abusing their own painkillers, then move to finding other people’s prescription drugs. Addicts may be soccer moms or executives. They can be our kids, grandkids, kids from the block, good students or bad students included.

“No community is immune. Addiction touches rural and urban areas, uptown or downtown neighborhoods alike. And whether we realize it or not, our medicine cabinets may be where they are looking next or where they may have already been.  By teaming up on Take Back Day with partners like the DEA, AARP, and businesses and citizens across our state, we will recover hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of prescription drugs.”

Improper disposal of unused and expired medications leads to damage of our environment. In the fight against opioid addiction, the AGO is grateful for eco-friendly reclamation bags donated at no cost to the state by private companies like Deterra and Mallinckrodt to thousands of Utah Take Back locations around the state. The bags can be filled with any pills, which they will dissolve and neutralize.  Measurable amounts of antibiotics, antidepressants, and medications have all been found in U.S. lakes and rivers. The eco-friendly, medication disposal system produced and donated for the Utah Take Back is highly effective in absorbing and firmly binding pharmaceuticals, rendering chemical compounds safe for landfills and reducing watershed contamination.

Utahns can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Drop off unused, unneeded, and expired drugs is tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations statewide, in addition to year-round locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about the April 29th Take-Bake and to find a collection site near you, visit

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