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Wasatch escort, client busted at Price hotel

John Richard Salazar, formerly of Price, after being arrested for drug and sexual solicitation offenses on May 15.

By By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

A former Price resident has been arrested on felony drug and misdemeanor drug and sexual solicitation offenses after being discovered at the Greenwell Inn with an alleged South Salt Lake City escort during the early morning hours of May 15.

A press release issued by Price City Police Capt. Bill Barnes detailed the circumstances which led to the arrest of John Richard Salazar, 41, of Payson for: Possession of a Controlled Substance, a second degree felony; Possession of Paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor and Sexual Solicitation a class B misdemeanor. Assisted by members of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, Price Police also cited Ayla Lynne Scott (AKA by her escort name of "Amy"), 21, of South Salt Lake for Sexual Solicitation.

According to the release, the investigation began at 3:30 a.m., when the alleged escort's driver David Michael Gridley, 32, of Salt Lake City was reported as a "suspicious person" by members of the hotel staff. Gridley was contacted by responding Price City Police Officer Stephen Regruto and Sheriff's Deputy Mike Adams. He allegedly gave conflicting information about his reason for being at the Greenwell Inn on Main Street in Price and ultimately assisted in directing the officers to a particular room.

When questioned, Gridley acknowledged working for a Wasatch Front escort service and told police that his duties included picking up escorts when told and taking them to the addresses provided. He also allegedly advised the officers that he did not know what happened once the girls left the vehicle.

After being questioned, Gridley was released.

Once outside the room in question, the officers reported that they could "plainly hear noises coming from the room which sounded like someone engaged in sexual behavior, or at least having the affect of such on a female."

As the room's occupants were unresponsive to knocking on the door. The officers decided to wait them out.

When Salazar and Scott exited, they were immediately contacted by police and separated. According to the release, they then provided divergent stories about their contact.

Ultimately, Scott reportedly admitted to receiving $350 from Salazar for her escort services and a $50 tip. The money in questioned was seized by police.

While both suspects allegedly acknowledged that their contact resulted in sexual behavior, Salazar denied paying Scott. In addition, it was learned by police that Salazar had reportedly illegally possessed oxycodone and attempted to dispose of the pills in a tub drain, discard their bottle and destroy the label.

Police followed up by accessing the escort service's website. And after locating a page containing photographs of the service's "stable of girls," the officers found photographs of Scott (AKA Amy), working as an entertainer. According to Barnes, she was described as the service's "newest addition."




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