Yakima pair arrested on prostitution charges in Benton County

Yakima pair arrested on prostitution charges in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — A Yakima pair was arrested in Benton County on charges related to prostitution early Monday after deputies say a woman was given a ride to be paid for sex.

A deputy noticed a pickup parked in someone’s driveway in Benton County and stopped to see if the truck had broken down. The driver, later identified as Rory Kendall Marshall, 32, told the deputy he was there to pick up his girlfriend, according to court documents.

Shortly after, a woman named Teri Renee Stewart, 33, came from behind the house and told the deputy Marshall was there to pick her up, so the deputy left. The pickup was registered out of Yakima County and, according to their Facebook pages, Marshall and Stewart live in Yakima.

About 10 minutes later, someone called the sheriff’s office asking why the pickup was still parked in his driveway, indicating that Marshall and Stewart did not live there, court documents say.

The deputy returned to the home where he saw Stewart come out of a large shop at the back of the property. The deputy said the woman appeared nervous and accused her of committing a possible burglary.

Stewart denied the accusation, saying she was there “date.” The deputy believed she was referring to prostitution. He looked up her name, which showed an active arrest warrant out of Yakima.

Stewart was arrested, after which she admitted her “boyfriend” gave her a ride to meet someone who would pay her $350 for sex. The customer didn’t have enough cash and ended up writing her a check for $360, which was found in her purse, court documents say.

Marshall said he was getting paid to give Stewart a ride to give someone a “massage.” He said he’d done this about four other times.

Stewart was arrested for suspicion of patronizing a prostitute, which is a misdemeanor, and her warrant. Marshall was arrested for promoting prostitution, a felony.