Former officer admits extortion attempt

A former South Jordan police officer pleaded guilty for attempting to extort his ex-wife. He recorded himself talking about his attempts on his own body camera.

Jonathan Mangum, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by extortion, reduced from a second-degree felony to a class A misdemeanor.

Mangum's plea will be held in abeyance while he completes 14 months of probation. The charge may be dropped if he has no new violations in that time. But he may face jail time if he does not comply with the terms of his probation.

Mangum's probation may be shortened if he is able to secure a new job in law enforcement, according to plea documents.

Mangum admitted that he had "attempted to exercise control over property rights of his ex-wife by threatening to accuse her of a crime or expose her to hatred, ridicule or contempt during the course of a divorce," according to the plea documents.

Charges were filed in November by the Utah Attorney General's office after South Jordan police officials found the conversation during a review of body camera footage.

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