A five-month investigation into child prostitution here ended Friday with the arrest of 18-year-old Ditiarus Neal.
The man was arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of second-degree felonies aggravated exploitation of prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of a distribution amount of marijuana; third-degree felonies unlawful possession of another’s identification documents and possession of a firearm by a restricted person and class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The firearm charges occurred because, due to a prior felony, Neal is not allowed to keep a gun, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The case started in April when the 16-year-old victim ran away from home and went to Neal, she told police. He allegedly forced her to work as an escort.
Officers later found advertisements for these services and learned, from the girl, that Neal had taken nude photos of her with his cell phone, they said,
Friday, officers served a search warrant on Neal’s apartment. They discovered photos that appeared to have been taken from that location, identification documents for several uninvolved people, a firearm, marijuana and paraphernalia, according to the Layton Police Department.
The identification documents for three people, including the girl, included birth certificates, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton. However, police do not have evidence to believe that other women or girls were forced to work as escorts for Neal.
During their investigation, officers only found advertisements for escort services for the girl in relation to Neal, Horton said. Layton has an officer assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children task force who looks at web ads for signs of trouble regularly, he added.
The girl is back home with her parents, Horton said.