Taylorsville man allegedly assaulted escort who refused to engage in ‘fetish games’

Posted at 9:57 PM, Oct 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 23:57:13-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah —  A man faces charges after he allegedly restrained and assaulted an escort who refused to engage in “fetish games” with him, and the suspect has a prior felony conviction for attempted sexual abuse of a child.

According to a statement of probable cause, 57-year-old Richard Loren Denison faces one count of aggravated sexual assault as a first-degree felony and one count of sexual solicitation as a class B misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident on October 12, when Denison allegedly invited an escort to a home and agreed to pay her to dance and strip for him.

The victim told police Denison asked her to engage in “fetish games” once she had stripped off some of her clothes, and when she refused he allegedly pushed her onto a bed and strangled her until she lost consciousness.

The woman woke up later, and Denison allegedly strangled her again until she lost consciousness once more. When she woke up the second time she said she was bound by the wrists and neck with the tights she had been wearing earlier. The knots were so tight she lost circulation in her hands.

The alleged victim was able to contact a driver with the escort service to come get her and take her to seek medical attention, where she reported the assault. Medical personnel observed injuries consistent with assault on her body.

Police responded to a home in Taylorsville, where Denison admitted to meeting with two escorts recently. Officers located items of clothing the victim described and said she had left behind in the home.

Denison has a previous conviction for attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third-degree felony. The charging documents state this qualifies Denison for lifetime registration on the Sex Offender Registry.