Dual agency sting nets 2 women for sexual solicitation

ST. GEORGE — Two women got more than they had bargained for Thursday night when they allegedly showed up in St. George to engage in prostitution but met with undercover detectives who instead arrested them.

At approximately 10:40 p.m., the St. George Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office culminated an ongoing investigation into two women who were allegedly soliciting prostitution services in the St. George area via social media and websites commonly used to solicit sex acts in exchange for money.

The women, later identified as 23-year-old Jetalia Ashlie Fairley and 21-year-old Odrey Brashay Poole, both of Las Vegas, were contacted by phone and negotiations for sex acts in exchange for money were made, according to probable cause statements filed by St. George Police detectives in support of the arrests.

Investigators learned the women were working out of a room at the Rodeway Inn located at 999 E. Red Hills Parkway in St. George.

Contact was made with the women at the motel. According to the statement of probable cause, Fairley admitted she and Poole traveled to St. George from Las Vegas to engage in prostitution services together.

“Jetalia had spoken with an undercover detective to have sex with her and her friend, Odrey, for a monetary fee,” the arresting detective wrote in the statement. “She arranged and paid for the room for the two of them to work out of. She also explained that both her and Odrey had already seen multiple clients over the past day and had engaged in sex acts for money.”

Both women admitted to offering and engaging in prostitution services while they were in St. George, the statement said, and both women confessed to offering the undercover detective sex acts for money.

These types of cases are not as simple or as black and white as some people would think, St. George Police Sgt. Johnny Heppler said.

“There’s always much more to the story on these cases than meets the eye,” he said, “and the work that we do in that field is saving lives and is saving people from that industry that don’t want to be involved in it.”

Unfortunately, Heppler said, the public only sees the individuals who get booked on charges.

“They don’t see the girls that we identify that are actually victims of human trafficking because we don’t book them into jail,” he said. “We go out and we do this kind of work and we identify juveniles that are in the sex trade and we identify women that are involuntarily involved in the sex trade.”

Heppler added that the average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is between 14 and 15 years old.

“Can you legally consent to that type of work as a juvenile? Absolutely not,” Heppler said, adding that as a society, we have no problem recognizing that, but what people don’t realize is “these are our runaways – these are our kids that get addicted to drugs at a young age.”

“And they go and they find, they get into a relationship with a pimp and things go sideways from there,” he said. “Maybe they either get completely brainwashed into thinking that it’s normal or they are held in confinement or they are browbeaten and completely controlled and forced into the industry to the point where they feel that it’s just normal.”

Heppler likened the situation to domestic violence or to someone who is in an abusive relationship where the abuser has psychological and sometimes physical control over that person.

“Our goal on every investigation that we do,” Heppler said, “is to try and catch an abuser and to try and rescue somebody from that lifestyle.”

Both Fairley and Poole were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Fairley was charged with a third-degree felony for exploiting a prostitute, a class A misdemeanor for not having a license required for massage practice, and class B misdemeanor for sexual solicitation.

Fairley’s class A misdemeanor charge stems from her ad including offers for massage services in exchange for money, violating the Utah Massage Therapy Act as she is not a licensed or certified massage therapist.

Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, ordered $5,000 bail for Fairley’s release pending trial. She was found indigent by the court during her initial court appearance Friday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Michael Lastowski. She has since been released on bail.

Poole was charged with a class B misdemeanor for sexual solicitation. She was released from custody on $680 bail. Her court arraignment is currently scheduled for Oct. 30.

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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  • ladybugavenger September 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    It must have been alot of money to make it worth driving from las Vegas to St George.

  • 42214 September 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Where were they soliciting, the Braile Institute?

  • radioviking September 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    So what’s the difference between prostitution and being a porn star? (Both have sex for money) Why is one legal and one illegal?

    What’s the difference between adults living wild sex lives (without doing it for money) and adults who have sex for money? Words, cultural taboos, and morality based on religious ideas have somehow found some mysterious way of defining things, BUT I don’t see the consistency.

    “It’s bad just because!”


    • sagemoon September 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

      The detective is right. There are a lot of people involved in prostitution we don’t hear about. Minors and vulnerable adults who are being trafficked for sex services. Finding and helping those people makes this kind of work worthwhile. I do wish the focus was more on helping those people than punishing the willing because they’re having sex with another consenting adult. But for all we know, that is the focus and very few of the people police make contact with are actually arrested.

      • radioviking September 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

        No one is endorsing child abuse. I’m not referring to children being forced into sex trafficking. C’mon!

        I’m talking about consenting adults. These are two separate issues. Let’s have a mature discussion here please.

        • sagemoon October 1, 2015 at 10:27 am

          I was agreeing with you. Perhaps what we need to see more of is the articles about the low lifes who get caught trafficking rather than the consenting adults who get arrested for breaking a law without a victim.

          • Roy J October 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

            Hahaha! You said it, SAGEMOON! Just wait, there’ll be another hotel sting operation, soon enough. I have friends who have worked at the front desks during some of these, and the stories about sending unsuspecting perps to their imminent perp-doom are memorable to say the least. Whoa! XD

  • .... September 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Well they did not have a business license. and they were caught dancing for their customers without a permit.

  • 42214 September 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    They’re called Blue Laws. 100% religious motivated.

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