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Idaho Man Allegedly Traded Vape Pen For Sex With Teen

The teen victim told investigators the "uncomfortable" sexual encounters with Tyler Meng, 26, were to replace a vape pen her friend had lost.

By Dorian Geiger
Disturbing Child Sexual Predator Cases

An Idaho man is accused of trading a vape pen for sex with his employer’s 15-year-old daughter. 

Tyler Meng, 26, allegedly agreed to having sex with an Idaho Falls teenager in exchange for the vaporizer,

In February, police first received a tip that Tyler Meng, 26, had exchanged “sexual” messages on Facebook with the teenager roughly a year earlier, according to an investigation report obtained by Oxygen.com

The teen, now 16, told investigators she slept with him to replace her friend’s vaporizer, which had recently broken. She alleged the two had sex three times at Meng's home.

“[Tyler] said he would trade the vape for 'doing some things,'" the investigation report stated. “The sex was a trade for a vape pen that Tyler gave her. … She ‘did stuff’ with Tyler so that she could get the vape.” 

Tyler Meng

The teen victim told authorities she didn’t “like” Meng, whom she thought was “ugly.” She explained their “uncomfortable” sexual interactions were purely transactional, excluded foreplay, and were limited to two-minute sessions, according to police.

The alleged sexual encounters took place at Meng’s home in Ammon, Idaho. Police said the 15-year-old’s teenage friend first introduced her to Meng. The teen said Meng was aware of her age and told others she was 18 “because he didn’t want to get in trouble.” Meng allegedly confessed to having sex with the teen.

“Tyler was interviewed at a later date and admitted to messaging with the minor, the sexual encounters with [the victim], and also going to pick her up and bringing her back to his house,” the investigation report stated.

Meng claimed he had been at a “low point in his life” and had been “doing a lot of drinking” at the time, authorities said.

Meng allegedly tried contacting her on Facebook a number of times after the sexual encounters, but she told investigators she “just ignores” him. 

Oxygen.com has withheld the victim’s name due to her age and privacy concerns. 

Meng is being held a $25,000 bond in a Bonneville County jail. He’s scheduled in court for a preliminary hearing on April 29. His public defender, Neal S. Randall, didn’t respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. 

He could face life in prison if he’s found guilty, according to Idaho state law