A Utah college student was arrested for prostitution over the weekend at her campus dorm room.
18 year old Ramajeh Marie Patrick who lives on Dixie State University campus in student housing was arrested March 10th 2017 after a lengthy investigation by campus police. There had been reports of multiple middle aged men seen on campus security footage wandering around campus after hours before ending up in Patrick’s dorm room. During the investigation, an online ad was located in which Patrick advertised prostitution. An undercover officer posed as a John and met Patrick at her dorm room, where she was then arrested by officers on scene for prostitution as well as running a massage business without a license.
Utah Code 76-10-1313 states “A person is guilty of sexual solicitation [prostitution] when the person:
a) Offers or agrees to commit any sexual activity with another person for a fee, or the functional equivalent of a fee;
b) Pays or offers or agrees to pay a fee to another person to commit any sexual activity; or
c) With intent to engage in sexual activity for a fee or to pay another person to commit any sexual activity for a fee engages in, offers or agrees to engage in, or requests of directs another to engage in any of the following acts:
i. Exposure of a person’s genitals, the buttocks, the anus, the pubic area, or the female breast below the top of the areola;
iii. Touching of a person’s genitals, the buttocks, the anus, the pubic area, or the female breast; or
iv. Any act of lewdness. ( . . . )”
Penalties-expected and unexpected
Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1000 dollar fine. Strangely enough, the charge Patrick is facing for giving massages is considered a greater offense. Running a massage business without a license is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a full year in jail and a $2,500 fine; More than double the jail term and fine amount possible for prostitution. The details released of the investigation do not include whether or not Patrick was even being investigated for running a massage business, but she confessed to it as well as prostitution when she was being questioned by campus police. Unfortunately, Patrick’s case is another good example of why it is always best to consult with a criminal defense attorney before admitting to anything.