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August 23, 2019

Suspect charged in murder of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck also facing 19 counts for child porn

August 14, 2019

Ayoola Ajayi, de 31 años, fue arrestado el viernes en Salt Lake City bajo sospecha de haber matado a la estudiante universitaria Mackenzie Lueck, de 23 años, originaria de El Segundo. (Kristin Murphy / Deseret News vía AP) (Associated Press)

An investigation into the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck turned up a collection of child pornography on a computer allegedly belonging to the murder suspect.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced that 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi was charged with 19 counts of sexually exploiting a minor after authorities discovered “numerous images of children engaged in sex acts” during a search of the suspect’s home on June 26.

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The 19 images, described in the probable cause document in graphic detail, show girls believed to be between the ages of 4 and 8 years old performing sex acts or posing suggestively in various stages of undress.

Authorities did not indicate any link between Lueck’s death and the pornographic images.

Ajayi was previously charged in July with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of a human body in connection with Lueck’s slaying.

The 21-year-old college student was last seen alive on June 17 after she arrived at the Salt Lake City Airport from Los Angeles, where she’d been attending her grandmother’s funeral.

From there, authorities said Lueck ordered a Lyft from the airport to meet a man – later identified as Ajayi – at a nearby park around 3 a.m. Police said the suspect’s neighbor also spotted him burning something with gasoline in his backyard on June 17 and 18.

A subsequent excavation of the property uncovered human remains, including part of Lueck’s scalp, as well as her phone and burnt pieces of her clothing.

When authorities discovered her body, Lueck’s arms had been bound behind her back and the medical examiner said she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Amid the investigation into her slaying, authorities combed through both Lueck and Ajayi’s social media and dating profiles in a bid to find a connection between the two. According to court documents, they both had accounts on a site called “Seeking Arrangements” – which bills itself as a way for wealthy “sugar daddies” to connect with “sugar babies.”

The documents do not outline what evidence was recovered through the profiles.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill said his office is now working to determine where the pornographic images on Ajyai’s computer were made and who made them. He told The Salt Lake Tribune they will use federal resources in their probe, which is also aimed at identifying the victims.

“I just want to commend the hard work of both our investigative partners and our attorneys who will continue to work this care very thoroughly,” he said. “This continues to be an ongoing investigation.”

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