Man arrested following human trafficking, kidnapping investigation

ST. GEORGE — Authorities apprehended a St. George man Friday on charges including human trafficking and kidnapping.

Richard Moultrie booking photo posted Oct. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Richard Moultrie booking photo posted Oct. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

On July 26, officers with the St. George Police Department responded to the Conoco gas station on 995 E. St. George Boulevard on a welfare check, St. George Police Detective Aaron Bergquist wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

Once on scene, they contacted a woman who said Richard Moultrie, of Henderson, had taken her from Las Vegas against her will to force her into prostitution activities, Bergquist said in the statement. The woman said Moultrie had grabbed her arm and forced her into a vehicle, threatened her and her children and transported her to St. George.

When they arrived in St. George, the woman said Moultrie took her cash and cell phone from her and demanded she stay in the car, Bergquist said in the statement. He then entered the Motel 6 located at 205 N. 1000 East.

The woman told police she fled from the vehicle once Moultrie entered the building, and ran to the gas station to contact police, Bergquist said in the statement. She also admitted to consensually working as a prostitute in the past with Moultrie as her pimp and was allegedly forced to turn over all the money from her prostitution activities to him.

“Investigators were unable to locate Moultrie that day,” Bergquist said in the statement, “however, video surveillance was obtained of him at the (Motel 6) at that time.”

Officers submitted charges against Moultrie to the Washington County Attorney’s office, Bergquist said in the statement.

Moultrie was also arrested nearly a week prior on Oct. 21 by Washington City Police after they were called to the scene of an incident where he had allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman, a class A misdemeanor. He was booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility but was released on $1,943 bail bond the following day.

On Friday, St. George Police located Moultrie at the same Motel 6 he had allegedly taken the woman to in July, and questioned him there. Officers also discovered that Moultrie had a non-extraditable warrant out of Texas for prostitution charges.

Moultrie was arrested and charged with three second-degree felony charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and robbery, and a class B misdemeanor charge of aiding prostitution.

Moultrie’s previous bond was revoked following his arrest on these new charges and he was booked into Washington County Purgatory Correction Facility. He remains in custody with bail for release set at $35,000.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Graf Von Koolaid October 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Did he not have the proper paper work and permits as well as the bishop’s blessing to conduct this business?

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Look, another illegal mexican committing crimes. Big surprise there…

    • el jefe October 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

      What kind of Mexican name is Richard James Moultrie? Your racism is showing……

    • sleepy hallow October 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Nahh…..he doesn’t look Mexican. He looks like an eastern European, maybe from Slovakia. Yeah that’s it…..he’s Slovakian mobster merely making his way through Amerika. Trying to make his mark……seeking fortune and fame.

  • sagemoon October 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Scum bag.

  • Ynot October 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Worst pimp ever…. If your going to get caught that many times you suck at it! Better do something else… Stupid criminal file

  • Knan October 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Surprised he didn’t have any dope… That’s a 1st

  • Sassy_Salvi October 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Really PROTECT THE SHEEP? How do you know he is Mexican. Not ever Hispanic. is from Mexico. How well do you know Richard James Moultrie? Are you sure he is illegal?

    • ladybugavenger October 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Hahahaha…he looks Mexican. Well, he’s a crimina and anyways no matter what race he is , hes in jail. I wonder what gang he will be in? Will he hang out with Mexicans or Puerto Ricans? Maybe he’s half white

  • asianspa October 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Glad they caught him before he went on to more serious criminal acts like Dancing or throwing a dance party.

  • KOOLAID October 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    The next prophet!

  • Zonkerb October 31, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    It’s an good thing he canceled the dance because he would been busted by the newly assembled St George anti dancing Swat Team he would of been tazed and probably shot…… Your all invited to the Swastika flag raising at city hall….

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