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AG Sean Reyes’ International Women’s Day Statement

 SALT LAKE CITY March 8, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement for International Women’s Day:  

“We each owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the women in our lives for their influence in shaping who we are. And yet, we have much to do to properly empower women and girls to achieve their ambitions, gain access to the halls of power, to build businesses and families, and to have an equal voice regarding issues that impact our nation, state, and communities.

“From the beginning of my term as Attorney General, our efforts to attract the best and brightest have resulted in hiring and promoting some of the most skilled attorneys and leaders I know, including Chief Civil Deputy Bridget Romano, Chief of Staff Missy Larsen, Director of Finance and Administration Kim Schmeling, and Executive Assistant Cecilia Lesmes, as well as numerous other leaders and professionals throughout the Office.  Utah is daily improved because of the many capable women in our office.  

“Personally, I have deep gratitude for my tutu wahine and abuela (grandmothers). Similarly, I was blessed with a mother, whose early mornings and late nights were spent teaching our family enduring values of hard work, honor and a commitment to the underserved, while she devoted her days to living those principles in her career as an educator. In many ways, it is because of her that I married a brilliant woman, a friend and equal, whose qualities of strength and conviction challenge me daily to keep up with her. I look forward to the day when my daughter, herself a brilliant, talented, and beautiful individual, has the same opportunities as my sons.”


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AG Sean Reyes’ National Consumer Protection Week Statement

SALT LAKE CITY  March 8, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement for National Consumer Protection Week:  

“We want all Utahns to be protected from frauds, scams, and schemes. In the AG’s Office, we are fortunate to work with Utah’s Division of Consumer Protection and the Department of Public Safety, with our federal partners at the SEC, FBI, and US Attorneys Office and our local law enforcement partners at county and city agencies across the state to thwart white collar criminals.  Consumers should regularly review the Utah Division of Consumer Protection website that provides tips and advisories regarding the many scams that regularly impact Utahns.

“As Attorney General, fighting fraud has always been a critical priority for my office. I encourage consumers to stay informed and protect themselves by checking before you invest or send money to a stranger. In my experience, the best deterrent to fraud and scams is an educated and alert consumer.  Before investing in any opportunity—whether it comes over the internet, from a trusted friend or family member, or by a door-to-door salesman—please take the time to check with either the White Collar Crime Offender Registry, a tool unique to Utah that allows consumers to verify before they invest, or the Division of Consumer Protection. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

For further information, please visit the White Collar Crime Offender Registry online or the Division of Consumer Protection website.

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AG Reyes’ Statement on the Verdict in the John Swallow Case

SALT LAKE CITY March 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement regarding the verdict in the trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow:

“I reaffirm my belief in the integrity of our legal system and the importance of constitutional safeguards such as due process and the right to a jury that protect us all as Americans. I have great respect for Judge Hruby-Mills and her careful and judicious management of this matter. I also greatly appreciate the service of the jury and respect its verdict.

“Regardless of the outcome of any given case, we in the Office of the Utah Attorney General support our criminal justice system and its role in protecting citizens and preserving liberties.  We thank all those who serve the public in the criminal justice process from investigators, prosecutors, public defenders, victim advocates, jurors, and corrections personnel to judicial and courtroom staff.

“Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of this case, we should be appreciative of a legal system in America that is not perfect but is among the best in the world. Our belief in and deference to the Rule of Law is the bedrock of that system.”


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AGO Executes Search Warrants in Major Statewide Gambling-Device Enterprise

SALT LAKE CITY March 2, 2017 – The Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced today that AGO investigators, in a joint operation with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, executed warrants to seize evidence of an alleged statewide enterprise related to illegal gambling machines. The operation identified over an estimated 500 machines or more at over 130 locations across the state.  Tips about illegal gambling devices were reported by citizens to legislators, Utah Senator Curt Bramble, Utah Representative Justin Fawson, and Utah Representative Norm Thurston, as well as from other sources. The investigation is ongoing.

“The Attorney General’s Office has focused its operation today on a large number of gambling devices that we allege are illegal under Utah statute,” said Utah Attorney General’s Office Investigations Chief Leo Lucey. “Because these devices are out in the open and are available to anyone, they present an especially dangerous threat to youth.”

“I appreciate the Attorney General’s office and the work they’ve done to address concerns that local law enforcement agencies brought to the attention of Representative Thurston and myself,” said Rep. Justin Fawson, District 7. “This was a coordinated effort between local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s office that resulted in bringing down an enterprise that was attempting to skirt the Utah gambling laws.”

“A question was raised whether coin pushers in local convenience stores were legal,” said Rep. Norm Thurston, District 64. “After learning the about the problems these machines create, it was made clear that statewide approach would be necessary to address this issue. Rep. Fawson and I appreciate the cooperation, hard work and response of the Attorney General’s office, investigators and agencies across the state to help resolve this issue.”

Utah law requires prosecutors and law enforcement to prosecute illegal gambling in Utah where ever it may be found. The Utah AGO takes this legislative mandate seriously and appreciates all of the various law enforcement agencies who have collaborated in this case. 

The following link contains clips that the media may use for purposes of their stories, if helpful. Click here for video. Click here for photography.


AG Reyes Joins with 39 Other State Attorneys General as Plaintiff in Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit

States file amended complaint in lawsuit against six generic drug companies, now alleging new violations of state antitrust and consumer protection laws

SALT LAKE CITY March 2, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes announced today that Utah has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs.

An amended complaint filed in with the federal court increases from 20 to 40 the number of plaintiff states in the lawsuit, which was initially filed in December 2016. The amended complaint also adds claims of alleged violations of state antitrust laws – in addition to the alleged violations of federal antitrust laws – in each of the 40 states, as well as state consumer protection laws in most of the states, against the defendant generic companies Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc., Citron Pharma, LLC, Mayne Pharma (USA), Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Connecticut is leading the multistate group of plaintiff states, which now also includes Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

“Along with 39 other states, we have laid out a strong and compelling case. In our amended complaint, we allege that these drug companies engaged in anti-competitive behavior, driving drug prices artificially high for certain generic drugs to the serious detriment of consumers,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “With the filing of this amended complaint, my office hopes to send a message of zero tolerance for trade practices we believe harm Americans and particularly those that hurt residents of Utah.      

“I appreciate the hard work of my Anti-Trust team, including Section Director Ronald Ockey, former Division Director David Sonnenreich, Assistant Attorney General Eddie Vasquez, and their stellar paralegal, Brian Blake, who have worked diligently with Connecticut and the other plaintiff states to bring this case forward.  The Utah AG’s office is dedicated to protecting consumers and companies from unlawful business practices such as those alleged in this case.”

In July 2014, the state of Connecticut initiated an investigation of the reasons behind suspicious price increases of certain generic pharmaceuticals. The investigation, which is still ongoing as to a number of additional generic drugs, generic drug companies, and key executives, uncovered evidence of a well-coordinated and long-running conspiracy to fix prices and allocate markets for doxycycline hyclate delayed release, an antibiotic, and glyburide, an oral diabetes medication.

The complaint further alleges that the defendants routinely coordinated their schemes through direct interaction with their competitors at industry trade shows, customer conferences, and other events, as well as through direct email, phone and text message communications. The alleged anticompetitive conduct – including efforts to fix and maintain prices, allocate markets and otherwise thwart competition – caused significant, harmful and continuing effects in the country’s healthcare system, the states allege.

The lawsuit was filed under seal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Portions of the complaint are redacted in order to avoid compromising the ongoing investigation.

See below to view a copy of the redacted amended complaint. 

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Attorney General’s Office Announces Human Trafficking Arrests by ICAC and SECURE Strike Force

SALT LAKE CITY February 23, 2017 – In cooperation with local and national law enforcement agencies today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced in a press conference the arrests of a number of individuals on human trafficking and child sex exploitation charges. The following contains information on the arrests, as well as cases studies and follow-up information on questions asked during the conference. The arrests are related to cases where victims of human trafficking were trafficked inside Utah. Some cases involved minors and some crossed state lines. As a result of the multi-agency action, involving 25 agencies, there were 16 arrests including two prior sex offenders and one parolee, and three children were rescued.

The Utah Attorney General’s office does not handle every case where a child is alleged to have been involved in sex trafficking. Cases are investigated and referred to other prosecutor’s offices throughout the state in the jurisdictions where the case arose. For various reasons, the Utah AGO cannot give the number of investigations, prosecutions, or convictions that would accurately convey the breadth of this crime throughout the state.

The Utah AGO office possesses the specific training, expertise, and resources needed for addressing human trafficking that allows the AGO to devote the time and attention needed to build these complicated cases. For this reason, many but not all of these cases are referred to the AGO for help. Some of the Sexual Exploitation of Minor cases involved the manufacturing of child pornography. Several of the suspects traveled across the state and state line to sexually abuse children.

Some of the Sexual Exploitation of Minor cases involved the manufacturing of child pornography. Several of the suspects traveled across the state and state line to sexually abuse children.

Charges filed include:

  • Rape of a Child (1st Degree Felony)
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (2nd Degree Felony)
  • Enticing a Minor over the Internet (2nd Degree Felony)
  • Dealing in Harmful Material to a Child (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Criminal Charges (cont.)
  • Criminal Conspiracy (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (2rd
  • Degree Felony)
  • Multiple other A and B Misdemeanors

Most cases had multiple counts of the same charge.

Partner agencies in the arrests include:

  • Adult Probation and Parole
  • Bountiful Police Department
  • Clearfield Police Department
  • Davis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Enforcement and Removal Operations
  • Heber City Police Department
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Ogden Police Department
  • Orem City Police Department
  • Park City Police Department
  • Pleasant Grove Police Department
  • Provo City Police Department
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Office
  • South Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Syracuse Police Department
  • Tooele City Police Department
  • Unified Police Department
  • United States Marshal’s Office
  • Utah County Attorney’s Office
  • Utah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Vernal Police Department
  • Weber County Sheriff’s Office

The prosecuting agencies were the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Cases where trafficking of a child may not result in charges for human trafficking

There are a few reasons why cases where children were trafficked for sex may not result in charges for human trafficking of a child:

  • Human Trafficking of a Child is a new area of criminal justice. It was only added to the Utah criminal code in 2015. In the old model of viewing these cases, many times the child being sex trafficked was arrested for prostitution and adjudicated delinquent in the juvenile justice system. Only in the last year did Utah pass a “safe harbor” provision for children engaged in the sex trade that clarifies they should be treated as victims and referred to services.
  • While the safe harbor provision has helped protect child victims of sex trafficking from improper criminal charges, the criminal justice field at large still has a long way to go in shifting from viewing this crime into a human trafficking lens. In some jurisdictions, these cases are still investigated through the lens of prostitution and not human trafficking. Sometimes suspects are charged with exploiting prostitution even in cases where children were sex trafficked.
  • Another component of the safe harbor philosophy is that we should avoid re-victimizing those preyed on by sex traffickers by pressuring them to participate in the criminal justice process. In our office, we often prosecute defendants who we have reason to believe are traffickers with other related offenses, either because the victim does not want to participate in our criminal case or to protect them from having to do so if we can secure justice through other charges.

Case studies and updates on previous human trafficking arrests

Among the cases reported on today is the AGO’s prosecution of William Piol Makuei: Mauei was charged with three counts of 1st Degree Felony Rape of a Child after his DNA was found to match the newborn child of a girl who was impregnated before she turned 14. He later admitted to having sex with the child victim. This case arose from a human trafficking tip and ensuing investigation

The following two cases were not included in today’s briefing, but are provided here as updates to arrests previous reported.

  • Charles Daryl Kelley:  Kelley was convicted in July 2016 of Attempted Human Trafficking of a Child, after he attempted to recruit a 15-year-old girl into a commercial sex operation he was running out of a motel in Midvale. 
  • Quinlen Nathaniel Atkinson: Last April, Mr. Atkinson was charged with 1st Degree Felony Human Trafficking of a Child, 1st Degree Felony Aggravated Exploitation of Prostitution Involving a Child, and several other felony charges based on allegations that he was running a commercial sex operation from Ogden to Idaho and Southern Utah. Both girls he is accused of manipulating into joining his operation were high school students. At the time of the known offenses, one of the girls had recently turned 18 and the other was 17 years old. This case is awaiting trial in Weber County.

Tip Line Numbers

Individuals with tips are encouraged to contact the Utah Attorney General’s tip lines:

The PowerPoint Presentation utilized at the press conference is embedded below.



 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.


Tim Ballard and AG Reyes

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

MurrayChamberIt was a pleasure to address the Murray Chamber of Commerce and will continue to fight white collar fraud and commercial crimes to maintain a positive business environment here in Utah.

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.

Sean with Japan Ambassador

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

Attorney General Reyes’ Washington and Lincoln Day Statement

SALT LAKE CITY February 20, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following Washington and Lincoln Day statement:  

As we celebrate the birthdays of two of our greatest presidents—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln—we can be grateful for the system of government they toiled to leave for us and future generations. Though the current political climate may at times feel heated and contentious, the recent transition of power in the White House was peaceful and has been so since the time of our nation’s founding. My occasional travels abroad have reinforced to me the miracle that is our Constitution, as well as the importance of our commitment as Americans to support it, however diverse we may be. We are blessed to witness power change from one American president to the next, without guns, tanks or armies to enforce such succession. This is in sharp contrast to the unrest and bloodshed over regime changes in many parts of the world. Again, we have much to be thankful for in celebrating these leaders of our past. Presidents Washington and Lincoln faced some of our nation’s greatest tests and we are the beneficiaries of their sweat and blood.”

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Utah Attorney General’s Office Announces Guilty Plea in Bountiful Human Trafficking Case

Davis County, Utah  February 18, 2017 – The Office of the Utah Attorney General announced today the guilty plea on Thursday of Todd Jeremy Rettenberger to charges relating to human trafficking and related crimes.  Rettenberger was sentenced to one to fifteen years in prison for second-degree felony human trafficking and zero to five years for third-degree felony exploitation of prostitution. The sentences will run concurrently.

“The victims of this trafficker were girls, barely older than teens, forced into prostitution against their will and compelled to stay in “the life” by threats against their well-being and against their families. I am thrilled they will not have to endure a trial and be forced to relive the atrocities perpetrated upon them.  It is imperative that we now keep these survivors safe, avoid revictimizing them, empower them with resources and do everything we can to help them heal and reclaim their lives,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Importantly, this case demonstrates that human trafficking is real. It exists in Utah as it does across the nation and around the world. It takes many forms and can happen anywhere.

“I offer my sincerest thanks and congratulations to Assistant Attorney General Dan Strong who brought the charges and to our elite investigative unit, the Utah SECURE Strikeforce, for their work on this case. I also want to thank and acknowledge Detective Aric Barker of the Bountiful City Police Department, his agency, and his chief, for their efforts to bring this human trafficker to justice and protect these victims.  Lastly, I reiterate my deep appreciation to each federal, state, county and city law enforcement agency that works side-by-side with the Utah AGO every day to disrupt human trafficking and related crimes in all their insidious forms.”

Rettenberger was charged in April of 2016 after police received reports that he was running a commercial sex operation out of Bountiful, along the Wasatch Front, and into other states. The Utah Attorney General’s Office’s SECURE Strike Force in conjunction with the Bountiful City Police Department investigated the allegations and found two women who were victimized by Rettenberger as part of this operation.  The women alleged that Rettenberger used forceful and coercive tactics, including threats of violence, physical violence, exploitation of their drug dependencies, and financial coercion.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office administers and coordinates the SECURE Strike Force partnership with the Utah Department of Public Safety and county, federal and city law enforcement agencies to combat violent and other major felony crimes associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking.

The mission of the Utah Attorney General SECURE Strike Force is to carefully target major fraud, organized gun, drug and human trafficking, detect creation of fraudulent government identification and other documents, and prosecute these crimes with specialized investigators and resources and a dedicated Assistant Attorney General prosecutor. The SECURE Strike Force works closely with the Utah Trafficking in Person’s Task Force. Learn more about the SECURE Strike Force here

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AG Reyes Congratulates Judge Holmberg on His Appointment and Confirmation to Utah’s Third District Court

Kent Holmberg

SALT LAKE CITY February 16, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement on Utah Senate’s confirmation of Judge Kent Holmberg, a former Utah Assistant Attorney General, to Utah’s Third District Court.

“We congratulate Judge Holmberg on his appointment and confirmation to the Third District Court and express our confidence in his character, ability, and judgment in that capacity,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “Given the caliber of attorneys within our ranks, we are honored but not surprised to see one of our own take the bench.” 

Judge Holmberg worked in the Utah Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general starting in 2012. Prior to his service for the state, he was a trial attorney in Salt Lake City for several years after nearly two decades of legal practice in Minnesota. Holmberg has also taught at various Minnesota state colleges and universities on subjects ranging from evidence law to Indian law and trial practice. Holmberg was formerly a certified public accountant.

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