Vernal Man Facing Additional Charges

A Uintah County man being held on 40 charges related to child pornography could face additional charges. According to court documents, a Vernal City Police Detective found that a Vernal resident was sharing and viewing child pornography pictures and videos including a video depicting “a pre­pubescent female being raped by an adult male.” On April 4th, a search warrant was obtained for the Vernal location and investigators made contact with suspect Jeffrey Batty, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun on his right hip. Batty was cuffed while investigators accessed his computer where numerous files were located containing child pornography. Batty was placed under arrest and booked into Uintah County Jail on 40 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, each 2nd degree felonies. Batty was in court last week and a Certificate of Providing Additional Discovery was filed that could result in additional charges. Judge Clark McClellan scheduled a new preliminary hearing for August 9th. Batty remains in custody at the Uintah County Jail.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.