was an LDS church member in Pasco, Washington; charged with prostitution-Patronizing a Prostitute 04/30/2015; Ashton's sentence was modified on 1/29/2016 to Disturbing the Peace

Case Summary

Scott Oscar Ashton was a mormon in Richland, Washington. Ashton was arrested and charged with Prostitution-Patronizing a Prostitute 04/30/2015. Ashton’s sentence was modified on 1/29/2016 to Disturbing the Peace. Court ordered probation lasted one year. An anonymous tip said that Ashton was a Young Mens President in LDS ward, Floodlit is seeking confirmation of this.


Case Information

CR-2015-6449 | State of Idaho vs. Scott Oscar Ashton

Case Number
CR-2015-6449

Court
Kootenai County Magistrate Court

Judicial Officer
Eckhart, Anna M

File Date
05/01/2015

Case Type
Criminal

Case Status
Closed

Judicial Officer
Clerk, Magistrate Court

Comment
Defendant’s Request For Discovery

05/06/2015 A Plea is entered for Charge:*

Judicial Officer
Clerk, Magistrate Court

Comment
A Plea is entered for charge: – NG (I18-5614 {M} Prostitution-Patronizing a Prostitute)

01/29/2016 Sentenced Modified

Judicial Officer
Eckhart, Anna M

Comment
Sentenced Modified Sentence modified on 1/29/2016. (I18-6409 Disturbing the Peace)

09/30/2015 Probation Ordered

Judicial Officer
Eckhart, Anna M

Comment
Probation Ordered (I18-6409 Disturbing the Peace) Probation term: 1 year. (Unsupervised)

Sources
  1. Woman allegedly tied to Pasco murder case arrested in Idaho prostitution sting
    view source details | 6 May 2015 | Tri-City Herald
  2. Prostitution sting at Coeur d'Alene Casino yields nine arrests
    view source details | 6 May 2015 | KHQ
Sources excerpts
  • Woman allegedly tied to Pasco murder case arrested in Idaho prostitution sting
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Tri-City Herald
    Date published/accessed: 6 May 2015
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    A woman accused of helping lure a Pasco man into an ambush-style killing was one of nine people arrested recently in a prostitution ring at an Idaho casino.

    Mary A. Faucett, 26, was charged with prostitution following the two-day sting at the Cour d’Alene Casino, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

    Eight women — who range in age from 18 to 46 — were busted and charged in the case. A Richland man, Scott O. Ashton, 39, also was arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

    Faucett is charged in Franklin County with conspiracy, making false or misleading statements to a public servant and first-degree rendering criminal assistance for her alleged role in the December murder of Lorenzo “Richie” Fernandez Jr., 22. She has pleaded innocent and is set to go to trial July 29.

    DeShawn Anderson, 19, and Faucett’s husband, Kenyatta K.E. Bridges, 25, have been charged with first-degree murder in the Franklin County case. Both men have pleaded innocent.

    Fernandez was gunned down as he drove his car into the parking lot of the Stonegate Apartments on Road 68 in Pasco. The slaying is believed to be retaliation for an earlier shooting that killed a 20-year-old Pasco man during an ongoing gang feud.

    Faucett was apparently with her husband, Anderson and two others the day of the murder when they spotted Fernandez in Pasco, court documents said. The group followed Fernandez to a convenience store where Faucett approached him and got his phone number.

    Prosecutors say Faucett called Fernandez later that night and acted like she wanted to hook up, though she actually was setting him up to be killed.

    After the shooting, Faucett traveled with Bridges and Anderson out of the area to allegedly dispose of evidence connected to the murder, court documents said. Faucett reportedly lied to police when she was interviewed about a month later.

    The meeting with police was supposed to be part of a deal that would allow Faucett to avoid homicide charges for her cooperation.

    Faucett has more than 60 court cases in Benton, Franklin and Spokane counties, online court records show. She has previous convictions for cocaine possession, prostitution and theft.

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    Prostitution sting at Coeur d'Alene Casino yields nine arrests
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: KHQ
    Date published/accessed: 6 May 2015
    archive 1 | archive 2

    Nine people were arrested in a prostitution sting conducted by several law enforcement agencies last month at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

    Kootenai County detectives, along with officers from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police and agents from the FBI contacted agencies in Washington to confirm the identities of several people, both suspected prostitutes and their customers, on security cameras.

    A two-night operation was conducted and nine arrests were made. Eight women were charged with prostitution and one man was charged with solicitation of prostitution.

    Arrested were:

    - 39-year-old Scott O. Ashton of Richland, WA for Solicitation of Prostitution.

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