Utah Man Arrested for Exploiting Prostitution

A Utah man was arrested for exploiting prostitution during a human trafficking sting over the weekend in Salt Lake County.

The Pimp

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According to a bookings report from the Salt Lake County Jail, 28 year old Roger Dewayne Jessop was arrested on Friday for exploiting prostitution, a third degree felony. Police reports state Jessop was arrested at a hotel after an undercover agent arrived to an arranged meeting with a prostitute and observed that Jessop was the one running the show, causing the female prostitute to offer sex in exchange for money.

Exploiting prostitution

Utah Code 76-10-1305 states: “A person is guilty of exploiting prostitution is the person;

a) Procures a person for a place of prostitution;
b) Encourages, induces, or otherwise purposely causes another to become or remain a prostitute;
c) Transports a person into or within this state with a purpose to promote that person’s engaging in prostitution or procuring or paying for transportation with that purpose;
d) Not being a child or legal dependent of a prostitute, shares the proceeds of prostitution with a prostitute pursuant to their understanding that he is to share therein; or
e) Owns, controls, manages, supervises, or otherwise keeps, alone or in association with another, a place or prostitution or a business where prostitution occurs or is arranged, encouraged, supported, or promoted.”

Sexual solicitation or sex trafficking

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Those who “offer or agree to commit any sexual activity with another person for a fee ( . . . )“ are guilty of sexual solicitation, a class B misdemeanor. These charges do not apply if the person offering sex is a victim and doing said acts against their will. It wasn’t noted the age of the prostitute being pimped out by Jessop or whether or not she was a willing participant, however multiple female victims of human trafficking were noted as being rescued during the operation in Salt Lake County. To report information on a possible situation of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. For legal aid regarding prostitution charges contact a criminal defense attorney.


Aggravated Assault for Single Punch to the Face

Some people have the capability to do a lot of damage with a single blow and those who do may face aggravated assault following a solitary punch to the face of another person.

Aggravated assault

Punch to the Face

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If a person causes a serious injury to another through the use of violence, they can face aggravated assault charges, even if the violent act was brief. Utah Code 76-5-103 states that “Aggravated assault is an actor’s conduct that is:

(i) an attempt, with unlawful force or violence, to do bodily injury to another;

(ii) a threat, accompanied by a show of immediate force or violence, to do bodily injury to another; or

(iii) an act, committed with unlawful force or violence, that causes bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another; and

(b) that includes the use of: [weapons, choking, or]

(iii) other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury.”

Aggravated assault is a third degree felony unless serious bodily injury or lack of consciousness results; at which case it becomes a second degree felony.

Serious bodily injury

When punches are thrown, there often isn’t a worry for serious bodily injury to result. This does not mean throwing punch will not have devastating results however. Most people underestimate the damage that a single blow can cause. Beyond the obvious headache that will ensue for the victim, a solitary punch to the face can cause:

• A broken nose or other facial fractures;

• Shattered teeth,

• Detached retina;

• Concussion;

• Brain hemorrhage; and even

• Death.

Some serious injuries from a solitary punch result from the act itself while other injuries transpire from the individual falling after the blow.

One punch to the face could be fatal

Death from a single punch isn’t as uncommon as one might think. There have been multiple reports in the news of a single punch to the face proving fatal. In late April, a California man visiting Las Vegas for his brother’s wedding was confronted by an individual who asked what he was looking at before delivering a single sucker punch to the face. The 45 year old father of 5 died 4 days later. One week prior to that, an Illinois teen was killed after being punched one time in the face at a party. These are just a couple of the numerous cases of death from a single punch to the face. If a single punch to the face results in death, that individual will then have to face murder charges.

Legal counsel

Never underestimate the consequences of a single blow. For those who are facing criminal charges following an assault to another person or in the case of an unexpected death following a fist fight, contact a criminal defense attorney right away to discuss what steps to take during the legal process.

Narcissistic Criminals Now Using Social Media Platforms to Showcase Their Crimes

Most individuals who break the law do not want to be identified in an effort to escape criminal charges, however there are and always have been those narcissistic criminals who look for ways to showcase their crimes and boost their fame. With social media platforms available at the touch of a button, those seeking notoriety now have more opportunities than ever to do so.

Rise to infamy

Narcissistic Criminals

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History is full of notorious criminals who are as well-known around the house as some of the best actors, musicians and other celebrities. Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock will recognize names of many famous criminals such as:

• Jesse James
• Bonnie and Clyde
• John Wilkes Booth
• Lee Harvey Oswald
• Charles Manson
• James Earl Ray
• Dr. Kevorkian
• Ted Bundy
• Jeffrey Dahmer
• The Menendez brothers

Infamous criminals are often known by a nickname. All to often, these names are coined by the press in order to get ratings. Some of the catchy nicknames include:

• The Unibomber
• The Zodiac Killer
• Billy the Kid
• Jack the Ripper
• Scarface
• Gentleman Johnnie
• The Boston Strangler
• Machine Gun Kelly

Public’s demand for details

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Many famous criminals got their fame because of the public demand for information. People feel the need to know every detail about a case, and the press complies by examining the details of all heinous cases involving serial rape and murder and relaying their jaw-dropping findings to their faithful viewers. The more body count or gruesome details, the more publicity the story got. Articles that detail the offender’s personality and even their upbringing are often included as well. This is likely done in an attempt to help the average Joe understand the complexity of the criminal mind. Unfortunately, by constantly being in the public eye, these crimes of the century are romanticized, leaving the convicted person a permanent figure in history. Many famous crimes are portrayed through TV shows and movies, giving even more fame to the offender.

Desire for fame

Not all notorious criminals were seeking the fame the earned, however there are some who wanted to be famous; villains whose crimes would be remembered forever. These narcissistic criminals typically want two things: a crime worthy of attention and a way to showcase that crime to the world. The more dramatic the reaction is by people, the better. In the past, narcissistic criminals would hope their crimes would make it on the cover of the local paper or even on the five o’clock news. To have word of their crimes reach a national news source was an egotistical offender’s dream. Nowadays it doesn’t take a professional news station to help a crime become popular; all it needs is a few likes and shares on social media.

Facebook killing – narcissistic criminals

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The new craze among demented narcissistic criminals is posting their crimes on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Not only are crimes such as murder, rape, and animal abuse posted after the crime has been committed, they are also being done on live feed options, with other social media users watching real time as the crime is taking place. Some recent live feed crimes have included:

• A mentally handicapped man being tormented and brutally beaten live on Facebook by four individuals;
• A 15 year old girl who was raped while the footage was broadcast live on Facebook with nearly four dozen people watching without notifying authorities;
• A 20 year old man from Thailand who posted a live film of him hanging his 11 month old daughter to death before taking his own life off camera. The footage of his daughter’s murder remained on Facebook before it was finally removed 24 hours later.

Facebook executives stated that they will attempt to make changes to reduce the horrific videos and live stream crimes from being broadcast through their platform. Since the videos and live feed can be uploaded immediately it is difficult for the social media platform to regulate the video uploads without the help of user reports or a type of analyzing program that could be seen as a privacy issue. The best thing that can be done to reduce these live crimes from occurring is to stop giving the narcissistic criminals the attention they seek. Even a sad or angry response is attention; report then ignore.