Sioux Falls man sentenced on prostitution charge
WORTHINGTON -- Jaquon Duckworth, 25, of Sioux Falls S.D., was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court on a prostitution charge. Duckworth was facing two felony counts of promoting prostitution of an individual and engaging in se...
WORTHINGTON - Jaquon Duckworth, 25, of Sioux Falls S.D., was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court on a prostitution charge.
Duckworth was facing two felony counts of promoting prostitution of an individual and engaging in sex trafficking. After Judge Gordon Moore accepted his plea agreement, his felony count of engaging in sex trafficking was dismissed.
According to court records, an undercover officer conducted an investigation involving ads on Backpage.com, a nationwide classified website, on Oct. 28, 2016. The undercover agent responded to an ad posted by a person identified as “Slippery Massage.”
After setting a place to meet, “Slippery Massage” sent pictures that were sexual in nature to the agent and arranged a price for the sexual encounter. When the officer arrived at the residence where he was going to meet with “Slippery Massage,” he found a woman and proceeded to arrest her. The woman said in an interview with the officer that her cousin - Duckworth - drove her to the residence and denied she had posted ony ads on the page.
After several inconsistencies with her story, the officer called the Southwest Crisis Center, as he thought the woman was a victim of sex trafficking. Duckworth was questioned by officers, and said he found his cousin at a mall in Sioux Falls, and that she asked him to drive her back to her Worthington home.
The officers later learned Duckworth was on federal probation for promoting prostitution. He was previously convicted of a human trafficking-related offense and promoting prostitution of an individual in Olmsted County on Dec. 17, 2015. When asked about his previous charges, Duckworth claimed that “he took the fall for his pimp” and also denied having knowledge of the Backpage.com ads.
Duckworth was sentenced to 10 years of probation and 48 months in jail with a stay of execution. In addition, he has to pay a $1,082 fine.
If convicted, Duckworth could have been sentenced a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail, a fine of not more than $60,000 or both.
Worthington man sentenced for fleeing officer Jose Martin Jr. Lugo, 26, of Worthington, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court for fleeing a police officer back in December.
Lugo was initially facing a number of charges: one felony count of fleeing a peace officer; a gross misdemeanor charge of controlled substance possession; and two misdemeanor charges of driving with his license revoked and having damaged signal lights. After Judge Gordon Moore accepted his plea agreement, all charges but the felony count were dismissed.
According to court records, a Worthington police officer spotted a vehicle on Oxford Street with failing breaking lights on Dec. 9. The officer turned on his overhead emergency lights, but the vehicle failed to stop and instead started traveling over 100 mph.
As the vehicle was nearing the Nobles County/Rock County border, the officer notified Rock County deputies. When the vehicle stopped, officers surrounded the vehicle and arrested the driver - Lugo - and a passenger. While searching the car, officers found a green handbag containing a knife with white residue, a pen tube and a scale lid, all of which tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to court documents, the passenger said he and Lugo were returning from Sioux Falls, and that he fell asleep during the trip and woke only when Lugo stopped the vehicle.
Lugo was convicted to serve 180 days in the Rock-Nobles Community Corrections and has a state of execution of 12 months and one day. He was also placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay a $1,082 fine.
Lugo could have faced a maximum sentence of three years in jail, a $5,000 fine or both for his felony charge.