In Utah, a pimp would be guilty of aggravated exploitation of a prostitute if:

   (a) In committing an act of exploiting prostitution, as defined in section 76-10-1305, he uses any force, threat, or fear against any person; or

   (b) The person procured, transported, or persuaded or with whom he shares the proceeds of prostitution is under eighteen years of age or is the wife of the actor

Aggravated exploitation of prostitution is a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by up to 15 years in the Utah State Prison. Many alleged pimps and prostitute advertise on the internet through sites like backpage.com. Because of the ability to obtain customers through the internet many pimps and prostitute travel throughout the United States, moving from city to city and State to State. This is referred to as “riding the circuit”. Many Utah prosecutor take the attitude that they want the State of Utah to be the harshest on pimps and prostitutes as a way to discourage them from conducting business in Utah. Thus, if charged with a prostitution offense in the State of Utah, you should contact a Utah criminal defense attorney with experience with prostitution and sex solicitation offenses.

The Deseret news reports that a Price woman was charged with two counts of sodomy on a child, two counts of sexual abuse of a child, and one count of object rape of a child, of which all are first degree felonies. The woman reportedly had sexual intercourse with her boyfriend while he was simultaneously performing sexual acts on her 12 year old daughter. The boyfriend was charged with six counts of rape of a child which is a first degree felony. A Duchesne county sheriff reports that the woman knew about the sexual abuse between her daughter and boyfriend but would “actively participate in numerous sex acts on her daughter”.

Accused molester, Jeremy Giefer’s accusation of molesting his daughter is not helping him hide his rocky past. Citiblog.com reported that Giefer violated his bail agreement after he came within feet of his daughter, the victim who was sitting in the car.  News reports are now saying that if police had been more aware of Giefer’s “shady” past then they would have been more stringent with his bail agreement. However, does Giefer’s past really have a direct correlation to his recent accusation? Giefer’s town already knew that Giefer had been involved in an incident where he had talked a police officer into “handcuffing a drunk woman and threatening her with a citation unless she showed the men her breasts, which she did”. But if this was Giefer’s fault then who is accountable for the police officer and the woman who actually followed through with showing her breasts? Maybe sometimes it is easier to blame somebody with a past then letting them look forward to their future.

Most Utah residents are aware of the fact that prostitution is illegal in the state of Utah. Please remember that prostitution is illegal before you contact the local police to complain about the hired talent’s lack of performance. This was true for a Columbian man who complained to local police officers that one of the two prostitutes he hired, refused to give him oral sex. The man claimed that “he offered two women $60 for one of them to show him her chest and for the other to perform oral sex on him”(Columbian Tribune) but the latter event never took place. He was arrested on suspicion of patronizing prostitutes.

(1) A person commits sexual abuse of a child if, under circumstances no amounting to rape of a child, object rape of a child, sodomy upon a child, or an attempt to commit any of these offenses, the actor touches the anus, buttocks, or genitalia of any child, the breast of a female childe younger than 14 years of age, or otherwise takes indecent liberties with a child, or causes a child to take indecent liberties with the actor or another with intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any person or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person regardless of the sex of any participant,

(2) Sexual abuse is punishable as a second degree felony

The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to remain silent even at trial regardless of the nature of the charges. A Utah defendant can never be forced to give a testimony against them self in a possession of child porn case and may remain silent at trial but are free to testify if they wish. A defendant is a competent witness on his or her own behalf and such testimony should be given the same consideration as any other witness. The fact that the defendant stands accused of a crime is no reason to reject his or her testimony. In fact, in many cases only the defendant can assert a particular defense. If the defendant is relying upon an entrapment, mistake of fact or alibi then often the defendant’s testimony is necessary.