OGDEN, Utah, Dec. 14, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two Ogden residents who were charged with nearly 20 felonies each after being accused of running a sex trafficking ring have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Lynnsie Reddish, 21, and Terrance Jones, 31, each pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking — forced sexual exploitation, a second-degree felony, during an appearance this week in 2nd District Court.
The charges as originally filed were:
- Two counts of aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony
- Aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony
- Pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony
- Nine counts of aggravated exploitation of a prostitute, a second-degree felony
- Four counts of human trafficking — forced sexual exploitation, a second-degree felony
- Money laundering, a second-degree felony
During preliminary hearings this summer, victims testified about abuse they said Reddish and Jones had inflicted, saying the two used fear, physical abuse or the promise of drugs to the addicted to coerce them into continuing acts of prostitution. Reddish and Jones took the money clients paid, they said.
Two charges were dropped for lack of evidence.
Sentencing hearings are scheduled for Jan. 22 of next year.