Felony porn charges dismissed against phone store employee, new charges

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ST. GEORGE The cell phone store employee arrested Tuesday morning by St. George Police, and charged with seven counts of distribution of pornography, all third-degree felonies, has had his charges dismissed by the Washington County Attorney’s Office. 

Joseph Gonzales of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Joseph Gonzales of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Friday afternoon the County Attorney’s Office confirmed that they had dismissed charges, without prejudice, against Joseph Gonzales, 41, of St. George, because the actions of Gonzales did not meet the felony statute requirements for distribution of pornography.  

Gonzales was an employee at a cell phone store. Earlier this week a woman brought in her cell phone to the store for an upgrade. On the phone were personal and graphic pictures of the woman. According to the probable cause statement filed by St. George Police in support of Tuesday’s arrest, Gonzales sent himself copies of the photos off the woman’s phone without her consent. 

The woman then went to the police with her concern and Gonzales was arrested and charged with one third-degree felony per image that he took from her phone. 

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, the County Attorney’s Office confirmed. Charges dismissed without prejudice may be brought again. And, the City of St. George’s prosecutor may file its own misdemeanor charges in the justice court if it so chooses. 

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Booking Website Friday, charges against Gonzales have been amended to theft-repair or service, a class-B misdemeanor; and computer crime – under $500, a class-B misdemeanor.  St. George City Attorney Shawn Guzman said that Gonzales has been charged with those crimes and will called to appear in justice court.

At the time of this publication, Gonzales remains in custody at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a 72-hour probation violation hold, no detail is provided on the conviction underlying the probation violation. 

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24 Comments

  • bobber August 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    CAN WE PLEASE GET THE STUPID WOMAN CHARGED WITH SOMETHING?!

    • Megan August 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Only if you are charged for your stupidity.

    • slobber August 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      You just wanna see her photo you silly little sicko.

      • Boink August 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Just the photos on her phone

  • JimBob August 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Much more reasonable. Way to go Washington County Attorney.

  • Rachel August 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Way to go….Good job. Nothing like ruining someone’s reputation. Lets be clear though, he did steal photos off her phone and had a little party in his pants.

    • Boink August 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      How would you know if it was little?

    • JimBob August 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      He did steal which is why he’s being punished. Perhaps the intertubes distorted my meaning, but I support that he does get some punishment for what he did. I am pleased the felonies have been foregone because they were overkill. The “party in his pants” is not a criminal matter, so don’t be a prude Rachel.

    • pew August 23, 2014 at 3:39 am

      Ha ha ha! Pants party… Wish Brick was there….

  • Notorious Bo Obber August 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Why would anyone be charged for making porn when they have proved that they are a thief, they’re dishonest, have porn addiction, and should be arrested as such. It’s a good thing Bo Bber and kool aids can’t be arrested for just being stupid or they would be serving a life sentence. See what I mean

    • JimBob August 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      What the…..I don’t even…… (insert Jackie Chan meme here [STG News, you need to allow images]). He hasn’t “proved” he has a “porn addiction”. He looked at porn. If you eat food, do you have a food addiction? If you drink a beer are you an alcoholic? And as for life sentences for stupidity, well isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

      • Koolaid August 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        If you go to church, do you have a koolaid addiction?

  • bobber August 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    why would she hand the guy the phone if she didn’t want to share her little porn collection? She’s either a total idiot, or she gets off on it. Take your pick.

  • KoolAid August 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Under further review by priests, bishops and other holy worthinesses, were her pictures determined unworthy and he good to go on a mission?

    • Frank August 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      You are such a baby. Someone in the church must have really hurt your tender feelings. Give it a rest troll.

  • Horsey August 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Shucks! The backend of the horse look purtier than her said the Hurricane guy

  • Boink August 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Charges dropped. He have no worry about getting … behind bars.
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • Gary August 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I still want to know how she knew he had copied her pictures.

  • Boink August 23, 2014 at 5:25 am

    They dating now?

  • Notorious Bo Obber August 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Jimbobonit if you steal porn your an addict, if you have to steal beer your an alcoholic if you steal food you need to grow a garden. If you have to have me explain it your stupid with a life sentance. Now that’s calling the pres black.

    • Jj August 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

      You’re: you are
      Your: means possession

  • KOOLAID August 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Was it a mission statement that led to the charges being dropped?

  • Dana August 24, 2014 at 5:58 am

    @ NOTORIOUS BO OBBER….Why would you call someone stupid in a comment filled with spelling errors?

  • Naughty but Nice August 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

    No one gets charged for sexting. Also, many good relationships have a few naughty pictures of each other sent back and forth. Its fun. Maybe you should try it.

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