The state president of the Butte chapter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was arrested in Idaho in what officers say was an attempt to solicit sex with a minor over the Internet.
Clayton R. Hildreth, 51, of Dillon, was arrested Wednesday after arriving at a Boise home where police say he planned to meet a 14-year-old-girl. He was carrying a gift of intimate apparel, according to a press release from the Boise Police Department. Hildreth was charged in federal court in Boise with one felony count of using the Internet to knowingly attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. The charge carries a penalty of five to 30 years in prison with a fine of up to $250,000.
For the last two months, Hildreth allegedly corresponded with Boise police detectives over the Internet in an online chat room. The detectives posed as a 14-year-old girl. Over that time, Hildreth sent explicit videos of himself and claimed to have had sexual relations with other girls, police said. Hildreth told officers that he travels to Boise often and the police are fearful there may be more victims.
Boise officers said they are working with the Dillon police and Beaverhead County Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Bill Briggs did not return phone calls Friday, and Dillon Police Chief John Gutcheck was out of town.
Boise officers are asking anyone who may have had questionable contact with Hildreth to call (208) 373-5406.
On Friday, Hildreth was released on a $50,000 bond following a detention hearing. Conditions of the release include no travel outside of Montana, with the exception of Idaho court, allowing law enforcement to search his home and business, terminate his contract with his Internet provider and no unsupervised contact with minors.
Hildreth is married and has five children.
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