Ogden residents given prison time for human trafficking guilty pleas

Tuesday , January 23, 2018 - 5:38 PM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Two Ogden residents were sentenced to prison on human trafficking charges Monday. 

Lynnsie Reddish, 21, and Terrance Jones, 31, were each sentenced to serve one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison. Reddish and Jones both pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking/forced sexual exploitation, a second-degree felony. 

Reddish and Jones were given credit for the time they have served in the Weber County Jail. 

The two received the maximum sentence possible for their charges, according to a press release from the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

At the time of their indictments from the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Reddish and Jones were each charged with 19 felony counts. When they pleaded guilty to the two human trafficking charges on Monday, Dec. 11, all other charges were dropped. 

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Four victims told a special agent with the attorney general’s office the couple used violence, fear and drug addiction to coerce them into performing sexual acts with clients, and give the couple the money they were paid, according to the probable cause statement filed in the case.

During a string of July preliminary hearings, victims outlined the abuse they suffered at the hands of Reddish and Jones. Victims described how the two used drugs and physical abuse to control them.

After the hearings, Assistant Attorney General Dan Strong dropped two of the charges filed against both defendants due to lack of evidence.

As of Tuesday afternoon, both Reddish and Jones were in the custody of Weber County Jail. It is unclear when they will be transferred to the Utah State Prison to serve their jail time. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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