This is a blog post about criminal records related to the prostitution stings in Bellevue that happened primarily in 2017 but are continuing to happen. “Operation On Demand” in 2017 saw the arrest of more than 100 men who were subsequently prosecuted for patronizing a prostitute in a sting style operation.
On those cases, a number of individuals wrapped their case early either as pleas of guilty or a deferred sentence, which is entered as a guilty plea and still needs to be vacated. A little while later they realized what they referred to as a technicality. I think a rights violation is a more reasonable characterization. It resulted in the dismissal of the remaining 61 cases.
However, having the arrest record for patronizing a prostitute can still be damaging. If you have a conviction or entered a deferral for patronizing a prostitute and you paid all your fines, complied with all your terms and conditions and at least 3 years have passed since you wrapped it all up, including a deferred sentence for patronizing a prostitute, those still need to be vacated in order to come off your record. Many of those are eligible at this point.
For those individuals who do not have a conviction but have the arrest on their record, depending on if you have any prior or subsequent cases, you may be able to expunge that arrest as sufficient time has likely passed. Feel free to give my office a call either way, (206) 222-8829.
This is related to the unique Seattle Municipal charge that is Sexual Exploitation. First of all, a word about the charge, it used to be titled Patronizing a Prostitute and by naming it Sexual Exploitation it arguably sounds worse than it is and can charge people that have been charged with this or convicted of this to face undue prejudice.
Essentially, what the act is agreeing to some sort of a sex act for money. And there were numerous stings in the in the 20 teens where hundreds of people were arrested for, allegedly, agreeing to hand jobs in massage parlors and branded essentially with this charge, Sexual Exploitation, that can incite a lot of unfair prejudice given what the alleged act actually was and the nature of that.
If you have faced that charge if you have that on your record, you may be wondering what you can do about it. So, those cases resolved a couple of different ways. Some people were convicted, either by a straight conviction or a deferral, which is where the case gets dismissed after a period of time. A deferral and a conviction they both still need to be vacated to come off your record and the charge is eligible 3 years from when you complete all the terms and conditions of your sentence, including fines and probation or when it gets dismissed.
Alternatively, a lot of those cases resulted in dismissals, if that was the case, it may be eligible for expungement of the arrest, which is a process with the Washington State Patrol. Either way, feel free to give my office a call at (206)222-8829.