An Idaho sex offender who pleaded guilty to exchanging sexually explicit messages with a minor in Cache County was sentenced to prison on Monday.
Bradley Drew Sorenson, 56, appeared in 1st District Court from the Cache County Jail after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of second-degree enticing a minor by internet or text and third-degree dealing in materials harmful to a minor.
During his appearance, Sorenson was ordered to serve concurrent sentences of 1-15 years in the Utah State Prison.
Prior to sentencing, defense attorney Joseph Saxton told the court Sorenson’s relationship with the victim “started innocently enough” as a nonsexual friendship, but eventually became inappropriate. Sorenson also made statements to the court about his initial intentions to help the victim.
Cache County prosecutor Griffin Hazard said Sorenson’s characterization of the case — a case, Hazard said, that probably could have been prosecuted in federal court — was “extremely concerning to the state.”
Documents filed with the court state Sorenson received sexually explicit images from a 15-year-old after “enticing the minor” to send the images. Police wrote Sorenson also sent images of himself to the minor and exchanged messages discussing an in-person meeting, all while knowing the minor’s age.
Prior to coming to Cache Valley, Sorenson served a sentence in an Idaho State Prison for similar crimes; police wrote Sorenson was listed on Utah’s sex offender registry at the time of the incident in Cache Valley.
Sorenson was booked into the Cache County Jail on Feb. 2, and pleaded guilty to amended charges in March.