December 1, 2022

Online party organizer arrested over sexual assault allegations

A West Jordan man leveraged an online singles group to host parties where he could attract and allegedly sexually assault women, according to Davis County Sheriff’s Office charging documents.

Detectives arrested Kevin Linford, 45, at the Salt Lake City airport on Tuesday after returning from a trip out of the country. They took him to jail on suspicion of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another, both on August 6.

Other women have contacted police to report alleged sexual assaults by Linford, including two others at the Aug. 6 party, according to a probable cause statement from the sheriff’s office. Several cases are under consideration, according to the document.

Investigators said Linford is the administrator of a popular singles group on Facebook through which he creates and hosts parties and other events. During the event at a Fruit Heights home, Linford invited a woman into a bedroom and asked her to kiss him, which she did, according to the arrest affidavit. He then allegedly grabbed the woman’s face and she pushed him away, saying she didn’t want to have sex. He then allegedly dragged her into a bedroom closet and raped her.

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