What to expect if arrested for Soliciting a Prostitute?
Attorneys, surgeons, architects, nurses, journalist, and a dentist were
among the two hundred men arrested in a massage parlor sting operation
by the Seattle Police Department over the past few weeks. The police set
up a massage parlor in Seattle and undercover female officers offered
a massage and a sex act for a fee.
They will be criminally charged with “sexual exploitation”
under Seattle Municipal Code 12A.10.040. A person is guilty of sexual
- Pursuant to a prior understanding, he or she pays a fee to another person
as compensation for such person or a third having engaged in sexual conduct
with him or her; or
- He or she pays or agrees to pay a fee to another person pursuant to an
understanding that in return therefor such person will engage in sexual
conduct with him or her; or
- He or she solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual contact
with him or her in return for a fee.
The Seattle Municipal Court adopted the above referenced language from
the Washington State Code (RCW). A person can be charged in District Court
under the State Code for the same offense but it would be called “patronizing
a prostitute” pursuant to RCW 9A.88.110. Regardless, the charges
are misdemeanor offenses and the maximum penalty is 90 days in jail.
ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
The court will impose the following penalties and restrictions if convicted:
- Biological sample collected for DNA identification
- DNA fee is $100
- Geographical restrictions near location of the crime
- Complete an educational program about the negative impact of prostitution
One Thousand Five Hundred dollar fee for first offense
- $2,500 for second offense
- $5,000 for third offense
- Additional court fine up to $1,000.
Revenue from the fees are deposited into the Sex Industry Victims Fund
and used for education including John Schools, rehabilitative services
for victims, and for local law police efforts including Vice Enforcement.
Fortunately, a conviction does not require a person to
register as a sex offender. An arrest can be an embarrassing experience but it does not have to ruin
Defense attorneys should be advocating for entry into a deferred sentence,
a deferred prosecution, or a diversion agreement. The goal is to ultimately
have the case dismissed upon completion of the agreed upon requirements.
It’s critical to be proactive and seek representation. Contact the
Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC to learn about your options, available
defenses, and how to avoid a conviction.
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