Logan man sent to prison on child pornography charges
A man recently convicted on child pornography charges appeared in court for sentencing Thursday and apologized to police, the judge, to the Cache County Attorney’s Office and other professionals for subjecting them to his depravity.
“What about the children? What about the 7-year-old tied to the bed and raped by an adult male — where is the sorrow for them?” Cache County Prosecutor Jake Gordon said.
Simon Saichek of Logan, 34, was ordered to serve 1 to 15 years in the Utah State Prison on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Saichek was arrested in July last year after the Internet Crimes Against Children contacted Logan City Police regarding his internet usage.
According to court records, the ICAC agent reportedly found 34 files that he linked to Saichek before turning the investigation over to Logan police for additional investigation.
Police executed a search warrant in Saichek’s home and found 14 video files depicting pre-teen children in a sexual context, some of which included small children who were bound, tortured or raped, police said.
They also discovered a video in which he is allegedly seen setting up a hidden camera in a restroom that later captured images of a woman.
Saichek was charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, and he later pleaded guilty to two counts. The rest were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Defense attorney Gerald Salcido said Saichek has had an addiction to pornography and he “wanted to get caught,” and when he was caught, “it was exactly what he needed.”
Salcido said his client — who admits to being “deeply disturbed, psychologically and spiritually” — has a strong circle of support and is not considered a risk or danger to society and would therefore be a good candidate for treatment within the jail.
However, Saichek also said it was his belief that not all of the children portrayed in the pornographic images were filmed against their wishes — inciting the ire of Judge Brian Cannell.
Gordon, who was equally dismayed by Saichek’s remarks, proposed two consecutive prison terms of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison; Cannell ordered concurrent terms in prison and a mental health evaluation.