Utah man accused of kidnapping, raping child, forcing her into prostitution

Ryan MacFarlane mug.jpg
Ryan MacFarlane mugshot. (Photo: Davis County Jail)

A Davis County is accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, raping her, and trying to sell her to truckers for sex during a road trip from Utah to Colorado.

Ryan MacFarlane, 47, is facing the following charges:

  • Human trafficking of a child, first-degree felony
  • Aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony
  • Rape, a first-degree felony
  • Forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony
  • Object rape, a first-degree felony
  • Aggravated exploitation of prostitution involving a child, a first-degree felony

Charging documents details sordid details that happened between October 25 and November 17, 2017.

All of the following details are allegations from charging documents obtained by 2News.

The 16-year-old victim was picked up and given a ride by MacFarland on October 25 in Salt Lake City. It's not clear what circumstances led to MacFarlane picking up the victim.

The victim told authorities MacFarlane took her to a storage unit which had a bed, dressers, clothes, and condoms.

That's where the teen and MacFarlane "engaged in sexual intercourse" when the teen became "uncomfortable" because MacFarlane would repeatedly choke her and call her names such as "hoe, slut, among other things."

MacFarlane also told the girl he wanted to "keep her."

The teen told MacFarlane she wanted to leave Utah, and MacFarlane said he would help her do so.

MacFarlane then took the teen to his mother's house, where the victim was given clothes belonging to MacFarlane's daughter.

The victim told authorities MacFarlane raped her at the home while his mother was gone.

Sometime later, MacFarlane and the victim left Utah, driving into Wyoming.

During the drive, MacFarlane told the victim she could make money by "engaging in commercial prostitution."

MacFarlane was actually stopped for speeding while in Wyoming, but the officer who stopped him apparently did not realize what was going on.

The victim says MacFarlane got out of his vehicle to talk to the officer telling the cop the girl was 19 and the two were selling cleaning supplies.

MacFarlane was issued a speeding ticket and the two continued their road trip.

During their drive through Wyoming and into Colorado, MacFarlane took the girl to several truck stops, telling the girl to sell herself to truckers for sex.

The victim didn't ask truckers for sex but instead asked several truckers for a ride.

During each of the stops, no truckers agreed to give the victim a ride.

The two eventually arrived at a mall in Denver.

The court documents state:

MacFarlane instructed "Child Victim" to memorize the store by which the car was parked so that she would know where to return. MacFarlaneinstructed then discussed the prices "Child Victim" should request in exchange for commercial sex. "Child Victim" told investigators that she left a backpack in the car to convince MacFarlaneinstructed that she would return. "Child Victim"did not return to the car.

Police were alerted when the child victim was admitted to a Denver hospital on November 17, 2017.

"On or about" November 30,2017, the victim was transported to a juvenile detention center in Utah.

The investigation into MacFarlane, which included several interviews with the victim, took more than a year.

On January 18. 2019, the victim positively identified MacFarlane from a lineup.

On April 11, 2019, a team of law enforcment officers executed a search warrant on MacFarlane's Davis County home.

Officers found evidence in his home, and the storage unit which matched the victim's story.

Because of the seriousness of the accusations, and because law enforcment considers MacFarlane a flight risk, a request for no bail was included in the charging documents.

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