Jul 18, 2011 11:07 PM by Matt Stafford

3 from Colo. accused of prostituting teen in Utah

Three people from Colorado have been arrested in Salt Lake City; they're accused of taking a 14-year-old girl there for prostitution.

28-year-old Roscoe Gallman of Colorado Springs, 20-year-old Abelina Roybal of Denver, and 20 year old Sasha Montiel of Colorado (unspecified city) were all arrested Saturday in a Salt Lake City motel room by undercover detectives who were trying to arrange sex with a 14 year old girl.

Police tell the local NBC affiliate that detectives were tipped off by online escort ads for Roybal and Montiel as well as the 14-year-old.

The young girl, who police say was a runaway, is now in protective custody.

After combing through court records NF5 is finding out that two of the arrested individuals have criminal ties to Colorado Springs -- Roybal and Gallman.

Roybal is facing a prostitution charge from March of this year in Colorado Springs. She pleaded not guilty in June in El Paso County. Roybal is still scheduled for trial next month. Now she is facing four new charges from this weekend; two felonies for exploiting prostitution and money laundering as well as two misdemeanor charges for sexual solicitation and operating a sexually oriented business without a license.

Gallman has had a warrant out for his arrest in El Paso County since March of 2008. He was charged with 2nd-degree assault, the warrant was filed after he failed to appear for a probation revocation hearing. Court records say Gallman and another man beat a man with baseball bats after a gambling disagreement. The man told police he thought they were going to kill him. The new charges Gallman picked up on Saturday include five felonies (exploiting prostitution, money laundering, a weapons violation, identity fraud, and being a fugitive from justice) and three misdemeanors (providing false information to a police officer, obstruction of justice, and possession of marijuana)

The 4th Judicial District Attorney's office tells News first 5 that they've filed to bring Gallman back to El Paso County to face charges because he faces a felony here. An office spokesperson says the extradition process will take ten days if Gallman doesn't fight it. If he does dispute extradition they say it could take up to 90 days.

Gallman, Roybal and Montiel are all still in custody in Salt Lake County.



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