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FARMINGTON -- A warrant has been issued for a man charged in connection with a child prostitution case, after he failed to appear in court.
After waiting nearly two hours to call his case, the judge looked around the nearly empty courtroom and called Juan Manuel Trinidad Garay's name.
"He's failed to appear," Judge Michael Allphin said at the end of the central arraignment hearings in 2nd District Court. "I'll issue a bench warrant."
A $20,000 cash-only warrant is now out for Garay's arrest.
"If we arrest him, he'll have to come up with $20,000," Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major told KSL outside of court.
Garay, 35, is facing a series of charges, including two counts of aggravated exploitation of prostitution, a second-degree felony; attempted unlawful sexual activity, a class A misdemeanor; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He's accused of helping two 14-year-old girls who sought to be prostitutes.
"He was a friend that they had asked for a ride," Major said. "He was aware that the two 14-year-old girls were going to solicit sex and he drove them to the location where they were going to do it."
Major said prosecutors do not believe Garay was acting as their pimp. Charging documents allege that he did allow the girls to use his cell phone to take "provocative photographs" of themselves "in an effort to promote their prostitution business."
"At one point during this time period, the defendant started to remove the clothes of one of these 14-year-old females in an attempt to have sexual intercourse with her," Layton police detective Riley Richins wrote in an affidavit filed with the charges.
The case comes as Layton police have recently begun cracking down on prostitution in the suburban community. Vice detectives have told KSL NewsRadio that they have seen an increase in prostitution-related arrests. They attribute it to Layton's location between Salt Lake City and Ogden, as well as a plethora of hotels in the community.
The prostitution cases police are dealing with in Layton are primarily internet-based.
"Layton City and Davis County have undertaken some actions to attack prostitution in the city," Major said. "This just arose out of their work."