Southern Utah GOP official arrested in prostitution sting

Wednesday , February 14, 2018 - 4:53 PM

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A southern Utah Republican party official has been arrested in a prostitution sting a week after a politician from a neighboring city stepped down amid allegations that he met a prostitute in a taxpayer-funded hotel room.

The Spectrum newspaper reports Iron County Republican Party treasurer Blake Cozzens was arrested Tuesday after paying $100 for sex acts he discussed in text messages with a confidential informant.

The 28-year-old Cozzens was one of five people arrested in the sting by St. George Police, who posted ads posing as a female prostitute.

A publicly listed phone number for Cozzens went unanswered, and an email message from The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned. He is also the son of a Cedar City councilman.

The arrest comes after the resignation of Utah Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George.

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