A convicted sex offenders in Utah has been arrested on April 14, after investigators discovered that the man was not registered as a sexual offender at his current address.
According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office a detective assigned to investigate Lehi Farmers Market was assigned because it had been reported that the market was operating in violation with state code and local zoning laws.
The sheriff’s department said that during the investigation detectives discovered that Larry Neff Jarvis is one of the operators at the Lehi Farmers Market. He is a registered sexual offender in the Utah Sex Offender Registry.
Officials claim that although the registry shows Jarvis living in Saratoga Springs (Utah), detectives discovered that he lives near the Farmers Market, but did not update his address.
Investigators spotted Jarvis dressed up as Elmo, the character from the popular kids’ TV show “Sesame Street,” after looking at the social media presence of Lehi Farmers Market.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the activities at the Farmers Market are geared towards children. This includes a tractor ride and a petting-zoo.
According to the Utah Department of Corrections Jarvis was found guilty in 1995 of two counts of sexual assault.
Jarvis is seen with a child in two Instagram photos provided by the sheriff’s office.
Utah law states that anyone listed on the sex offenders registry must obtain written permission from a child’s parents before they can be in their presence.
Jarvis was arrested, and booked in jail on charges of failing to update the sex-offender registry address. This is a third degree felony.
Jarvis was released from jail a few minutes after being arrested. He posted a $5,000 bail.
Jarvis apologized for his actions in a Facetime conversation with KUTV.
I’ve had this conviction for 30 years with no other crimes. I am trying to be more helpful and improve myself. Jarvis stated, “I am truly sorry for offending everyone. I apologize for any fear or concern I may have caused, especially to my wife and others I know and work with.” “I understand if they are concerned because the term sex offender is so stigmatized.” Jarvis said.
“There are no new crimes or anything of the sort.” Never did I intend to hide or conceal anything. “I’ll do what is necessary to put things right”, he said.
In a Facebook post, Lehi Farmers Market stated, “We will be looking into any concerns and working with law enforcement in order to make sure that our farm is safe for families to visit.”
“We wanted a place for families to come and experience farm life. Lehi, a rapidly growing city is part of our mission. We wanted to give families a taste of the old Lehi. This is a difficult time. “We are following the direction of Law Enforcement, and we will work tirelessly until every concern has been addressed.”