Out-of-state trucker arrested on sexual assault charges in Utah

John Henry Redmond. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A trucker from Illinois has been arrested on sexual assault charges in Salt Lake County.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said John Henry Redmond, 35, was arrested Tuesday and is facing charges of:

  • Aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony
  • Two charges of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony
  • Two charges of object rape, a first-degree felony

The statement said that Redmond and the victim met Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It did not say where the two met.

“The victim stated $200 was exchanged, but this was not for sex,” the statement said. “The victim stated when she declined and hesitated Redmond produced a gun and put her in choke hold, telling her not to scream. The victim stated she was coughing and though she was going to pass out when Redmond forced her onto the bed, still holding the gun.”

Redmond stated: “You’re not leaving, you’re going to give me what I want.” The victim said Redmond began to rape her. The victim added she was trying to stop this from happening and Redmond stated: “Stop f—ing squirming or I’ll blow your head off,” the statement said.

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After he allegedly assaulted her multiple times, the victim said.

“Redmond told her to get dressed and forced her to make a video recording stating everything that happened had been consensual.”

The victim said Redmond then put the gun in his pocket and told her they were going to walk down to her car, but she needed to hold his hand, the statement said. The victim added she got in her vehicle and drove off, however Redmond took pictures of her and the vehicle as she left.

Redmond was detained and interviewed by officers, after being read his Miranda rights. The statement admitted that he had paid the victim $200 and stated that covered the “sexual relations,” that it was all consensual and he denied that he did anything wrong.

Redmond is a resident in Illinois and is a long-haul trucker, the statement said. He is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $750,000.

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