Case dismissed against dead Utah man accused in prostitution ring
Courts • Kenneth Bond died on Jan. 4 of cardiac arrest.
Published: January 13, 2014 08:47PM
Updated: January 14, 2014 08:34PM
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| Courtesy Kenneth Michael Bond

The criminal case against a 68-year-old man accused of running a prostitution ring out of his Utah County home was dismissed Monday after the man died while at the Utah State Prison.

Kenneth Michael Bond died on Jan. 4 after a cardiac arrest, according to his death certificate, which was filed in n 4th District Court on Monday.

Bond was charged with 21 counts of object rape, two counts of aggravated exploitation of a prostitute, five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, and had been held at the prison in Draper on an unrelated weapons charge.

Bond had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was expected to be in court Tuesday for a competency hearing. On Monday, prosecutors filed a motion dismissing the case.

According to a probable cause statement, Bond operated a house of prostitution in his Springville home from January 2011 through July 2011.

Bond was accused of not only offering two teenage victims money, iPhones, manicures and other gifts to have sex with various men, but he also offered at least one 24-year-old man money to have sex with a 15-year-old girl, according to prosecutors.

Bond also allegedly threatened the teenage girls, saying he would send “big guys” to harm the girls and their families if they did not have sex with various men, according to the probable cause statement.

On at least 10 occasions, Bond allegedly administered a “DNA body wash” on a 15-year-old girl to “wipe away any evidence of the prostituted sex.”

Bond is also accused of having a camera wired from his home office — where the alleged sexual acts occurred — to another location at his house, where he would watch the sex acts live.

In addition, between February and November 2008, prosecutors accuse Bond of engaging in sexual behavior with a 17-year-old girl. According to the probable cause statement, Bond would put on a bullet-proof vest and threaten the victim with a handgun if she refused to comply with his sexual demands. Bond also allegedly gave a number of gifts to the 17-year-old, including cash, clothing, lingerie, hair styling and manicures.

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