ST. GEORGE — Authorities apprehended a St. George man Friday on charges including human trafficking and kidnapping.
On July 26, officers with the St. George Police Department responded to the Conoco gas station on 995 E. St. George Boulevard on a welfare check, St. George Police Detective Aaron Bergquist wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
Once on scene, they contacted a woman who said Richard Moultrie, of Henderson, had taken her from Las Vegas against her will to force her into prostitution activities, Bergquist said in the statement. The woman said Moultrie had grabbed her arm and forced her into a vehicle, threatened her and her children and transported her to St. George.
When they arrived in St. George, the woman said Moultrie took her cash and cell phone from her and demanded she stay in the car, Bergquist said in the statement. He then entered the Motel 6 located at 205 N. 1000 East.
The woman told police she fled from the vehicle once Moultrie entered the building, and ran to the gas station to contact police, Bergquist said in the statement. She also admitted to consensually working as a prostitute in the past with Moultrie as her pimp and was allegedly forced to turn over all the money from her prostitution activities to him.
“Investigators were unable to locate Moultrie that day,” Bergquist said in the statement, “however, video surveillance was obtained of him at the (Motel 6) at that time.”
Officers submitted charges against Moultrie to the Washington County Attorney’s office, Bergquist said in the statement.
Moultrie was also arrested nearly a week prior on Oct. 21 by Washington City Police after they were called to the scene of an incident where he had allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman, a class A misdemeanor. He was booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility but was released on $1,943 bail bond the following day.
On Friday, St. George Police located Moultrie at the same Motel 6 he had allegedly taken the woman to in July, and questioned him there. Officers also discovered that Moultrie had a non-extraditable warrant out of Texas for prostitution charges.
Moultrie was arrested and charged with three second-degree felony charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and robbery, and a class B misdemeanor charge of aiding prostitution.
Moultrie’s previous bond was revoked following his arrest on these new charges and he was booked into Washington County Purgatory Correction Facility. He remains in custody with bail for release set at $35,000.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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