An Army recruiter was one of seven men arrested in Utah recently during a multi-agency operation against child sex crimes, according to The Spectrum, a USA Today affiliate.
Staff Sgt. Jason Everette Livermore, 30, of St. George, Utah, was arrested Feb. 15, charged with two counts of criminal solicitation, a first-degree felony, and enticing a minor, a second-degree felony, according to KSL-TV, a CBS affiliate.
Each man was arrested after responding to a fake ad placed on websites "known to produce child trafficking activities and child predators," Parowan police said, according to KSL.
Livermore responded to an ad on Craigslist offering “family love” in the St. George area, according to KSL, and arranged to have sex with a 12-year-old and her 39-year-old mother. He was arrested after arriving at a house in Paragonah, according to The Spectrum.
The ad was created by Veterans for Child Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting child sex trafficking.
V4CR worked on the operation in coordination with the Parowan police, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Attorney’s Office, Iron/Garfield/Beaver Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigation, and the Utah Highway Patrol.
Livermore “knew what he was doing was wrong. He claims he has never done this in the past but did have full intention for completing the sex acts today with the child,” the charging documents say, according to KSL.
Livermore, whose primary MOS is 92G food service specialist, has been on assignment with the St. George Recruiting Station in Utah since May 9, 2016, according to Kelli Bland, director of public affairs for U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
He has been suspended from all recruiting duties while under investigation, Bland said.
“Army Recruiting Command takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior by anyone in our command,” Bland told Army Times in an email.
“We are the Army’s ambassadors to communities across America, and it is important for everyone on our team to live and demonstrate the Army Values every day.”