Detectives arrest suspect in possible child prostitution case

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LAYTON, Utah — Layton detectives announced Tuesday that they have made an arrest in a possible child prostitution case.

According to a press release, detectives arrested Ditiarus Neal, 18, after serving a search warrant at his Layton apartment.

Detectives said the case was opened in April after a 16-year-old female victim told police she had run away from home, met Neal and ended up living in his apartment for several months. According to officers,  the victim claimed Neal forced her into being an “escort” for him to make money, and took nude photographs of her with a cell phone.

Investigators said they later found several escort ads online that were consistent with the information from the victim.

Detectives said they served a search warrant at Neal’s apartment on August, 9. During the search, officers said they found evidence that photographs of the victim were taken in the apartment. They said they also found evidence of marijuana possession and distribution, various identifying documents for several uninvolved people and a firearm.

Neal has been booked into the Davis County Jail. He now faces charges including sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of another’s  identification documents.