ST. GEORGE – On Friday night, police arrested four adults and one teenager in a prostitution sting. The arrests stemmed from information gathered by a joint-investigation involving the St. George Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Four of those charged in the sting were adults; however, because one of the suspects, a 17-year-old woman, was transported across state lines for prostitution, Homeland Security Investigations was also involved in the operation.
Two St. George residents were among those arrested. Bart Higbee, 32, was charged with patronizing a prostitute, while 24-year-old Symon Capel was charged with sexual solicitation, according to a statement issued by the St. George Police Department.
In addition, police arrested Leroy Haley, 23, of Las Vegas for aggravated exploitation of prostitution, and a 20-year-old woman, Francis Uhrhan, also of Las Vegas, on charges of sexual solicitation. Bail for Haley and Uhrhan has been set at $100,000 each.
Ed. Note: A question arose from commenters as to whether of not Bart Higbee, one of the St. George men arrested in the vice sting, was a St. George Police officer. St. George News contacted the St. George Police Department and was told by Sgt. Sam Despain, SGPD public information officer, that Higbee is not a SGPD police officer “and never will be.”
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