The St. George Police Department arrested 5 people on Tuesday after investigators posted ads posing as a feminine prostitute with the assist of a confidential informant. 

The sting ended in the arrest of citizens in two counties in Southern Utah: Blake Floyd Cozzens, 28; James Robert Cooper, 61; Tony Dee Jensen, 47; Jorge Allejandro Vallejo, 41; and Jay Scott Taylor, 44.

All 5 people had been arrested at the scene, charged with one class-A misdemeanor of patronizing a prostitute, and transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility. Each of them had been assigned a $1,950 bail. 

According to the possible motive in Cozzens’ case, he allegedly traveled from his place of abode in Cedar City to St. George to fulfill with the confidential informant. He paid $100 on the scene, in line with the possible motive, in change for the intercourse acts mentioned in the textual content messages. 

Cozzens, a notable title in Cedar City, serves because the treasurer of the Iron County Republican Party. He additionally owns Stress-Free Property Management and is a recognized actual property developer in the world. 

He’s additionally the son of Councilman Paul Cozzens, who is these days working for a seat at the Iron County Commission. 

Court data point out Cozzens has since been launched from custody, and he has no prior legal historical past in Washington County.

Cooper, a Hurricane resident, replied to the confidential informant’s commercial on backpage.com — a web site recurrently used to solicit intercourse acts for cash, the possible motive in his case alleges.

According to the observation, Cooper negotiated intercourse acts in change for cash over textual content messages. Cooper allegedly met with the confidential informant at a pre-arranged location, the place he paid $150 to obtain the intercourse acts described in the textual content messages between him and the confidential informant. 

Investigators had been status through and arrested Cooper on the location. He’s since been launched from custody. 

According to the possible motive observation filed in Jensen’s case, when he arrived on the location, he allegedly positioned his palms at the confidential informant and touched “the front of her pants” sooner than he put his palms beneath them. 

Upon being arrested, Jensen, a St. George resident, allegedly informed police he got here to the positioning with the intent of paying the confidential informant for intercourse. He’s since been launched from custody. 

In Vallejo’s case, the confidential informant allegedly informed police Vallejo used to be a previous shopper of hers, in line with the possible motive.

She disclosed Vallejo, a Washington City resident, has met together with her on two earlier events all through the final month in St. George, the observation alleges.

During his interview, Vallejo additionally informed investigators he had met with the confidential informant two separate instances sooner than Tuesday. 

Vallejo continues to be in custody of the Washington County Jail, and court docket data point out he has no prior legal historical past in Washington County.

Taylor, a St. George resident, allegedly replied to the advert and met with the confidential informant at a location in St. George. The possible motive alleges Taylor agreed to fulfill the feminine for a intercourse act in change for cash, each all through their textual content dialog in addition to in particular person. 

Taylor has no prior legal historical past in Washington County, and court docket data point out he is been launched from custody since his arrest.

Follow reporter Emily Havens on Twitter, @EmilyJHavens, and to find her on Facebook at facebook.com/emilyjhavens. Call her at 435-674-6214. 

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