Glen Ullin woman gets jail time on prostitution charge

2012-05-14T16:24:00Z 2012-05-16T00:45:51Z Glen Ullin woman gets jail time on prostitution chargeBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

MANDAN, N.D. - A Glen Ullin woman will spend 10 days in jail for giving massages without a license and including sexual favors with her services.

Carmen Dassinger, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to Class B misdemeanor charges of prostitution and unlicensed massage therapy.

South Central District Judge David Reich sentenced Dassinger to 30 days in jail with 20 days suspended on both counts, to run at the same time. Dassinger will get credit for time served since she was arrested on Friday. The sentence was recommended by Morton County Assistant State’s Attorney Jackson Lofgren, who said Dassinger’s actions could have proved dangerous for her or her customers.

“These are disturbing offenses, even if they are only B misdemeanors,” Lofgren said. He said Dassinger did not have any known criminal history.

Dassinger did not comment on the sentence in court.

According to an affidavit from Morton County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Sharp, a deputy took a report of a Glen Ullin woman acting as an unlicensed massage therapist and offering sexual favors with the massages. A handwritten flier, which had been distributed in Dickinson, asked potential customers to send a text message or go to an address in Glen Ullin.

A deputy, working undercover, sent a text message to the phone number and asked what services he could expect for $50. A reply text said he could get a full body massage, including a sexual act, the affidavit said. The deputy went to Dassinger’s home, again agreed to the same terms, then announced he was a deputy with a search warrant.

The affidavit said Dassinger admitted to providing massage services without a license, and the state massage therapy board confirmed she was not a licensed therapist. Dassinger also admitted to providing sexual favors for some clients.

Morton County Sheriff Dave Shipman said participants in prostitution cases often are hard to catch. He recalled working on a prostitution case in the mid-1980s when he was working with the Mandan Police Department, but knew of few cases since then.

“It’s very rare,” he said.

The offense also is rare in Bismarck; no prostitution charges were filed in 2006, followed by one in 2007, two in both 2008 and 2009, and one in 2010.

Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.

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(49) Comments

  1. Velvet Jones
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    Velvet Jones - May 22, 2012 3:27 pm
    NDPrairieGal said: "It's legal in Nevada."

    To me, laws against prostitution are one of the most vile things in this country. It actually makes the problem worse, while solving nothing. It is also one of the most intrusive laws on the books. Regulate it and help protect public health and worker safety.
  2. Cousin It
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    Cousin It - May 22, 2012 3:39 am
    Isolated event....
  3. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 21, 2012 3:47 pm
    rancher444 said: "again I ask.......... Why is this even a story???"

    Because the number of prostitution arrests in ND is VERY low. Anything out of the ordinary is a news story. Don't like it - don't read it.
  4. rancher444
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    rancher444 - May 21, 2012 3:34 pm
    again I ask.......... Why is this even a story???
  5. Commenter
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    Commenter - May 21, 2012 2:57 pm
    I agree with Michael R on this one. Good 'ole boys network alive and well in ND.
  6. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 21, 2012 8:22 am
    It is amazing to me - all the little jokes about her looks and all the sexual inuendos and the comments have not been pulled. But if you are a well connected rich kid from Linton ND, the comments get pulled and permanently shut down after one or two negative comments. Very interesting indeed.
  7. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 20, 2012 5:27 pm
    Bizmarckie said: "I hope she gets out soon. My back is killing me!"

    Try a chiropractor (without the STD).
  8. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 20, 2012 5:26 pm
    horseman said: "This gal is just trying to make a living and you guys are putting her down. If she was good looking and sexy she could have married money. "

    It's legal in Nevada.
  9. The Whistler
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    The Whistler - May 20, 2012 2:44 pm
    Sad isn't it? And one was a judge!


    mdngal said: "Poetic Justice and Lord Kaz - why don't you take your personal vendetta's against the government and authority someplace where it would be more appropriate. Tell me, in a normal discussion, where does politics fit in here? Honestly, do you eat, sleep and breathe politics and think the rest of us do, too? There is a whole different life out there that does not involve linking it to politics at every opportunity, even when the opportunity is not even there. In my opinion, this is an obsession. You should get that checked."

  10. horseman
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    horseman - May 20, 2012 3:53 am
    This gal is just trying to make a living and you guys are putting her down. If she was good looking and sexy she could have married money.
  11. Martydawg
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    Martydawg - May 19, 2012 12:35 pm
    terrier said: "No charges for ...stupidity? :)"

    If that were the case, would you ever get out of jail? :)
  12. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 18, 2012 10:41 am
    Poetic Justice and Lord Kaz - why don't you take your personal vendetta's against the government and authority someplace where it would be more appropriate. Tell me, in a normal discussion, where does politics fit in here? Honestly, do you eat, sleep and breathe politics and think the rest of us do, too? There is a whole different life out there that does not involve linking it to politics at every opportunity, even when the opportunity is not even there. In my opinion, this is an obsession. You should get that checked.
  13. drbismarck
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    drbismarck - May 17, 2012 9:22 pm
    Kevin, your girl friend...WOOF!
  14. Bizmarckie
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    Bizmarckie - May 17, 2012 12:46 pm
    I hope she gets out soon. My back is killing me!
  15. Subjected
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    Subjected - May 17, 2012 10:47 am
    Another reason to support legalized prostitution. Make them pay taxes and get regular Dr. visits. It is the only way to regulate the oldest profession for women. Believe it or not this does go on in North Dakota and always has. Some people have just had there head in the clouds thinking ND is so perfect. And yes, I live here and also love it here.
  16. cashin'inmychange
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    cashin'inmychange - May 17, 2012 7:26 am
    bababooey said: "Was there a picture on the flier? Love to be a fly on the wall when the first customer seen that open the door!"

    How would you know?
  17. vike84
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    vike84 - May 17, 2012 7:12 am
    There just aren't any "happy endings" in a story like this...
  18. bababooey
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    bababooey - May 16, 2012 8:51 am
    Was there a picture on the flier? Love to be a fly on the wall when the first customer seen that open the door!
  19. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 15, 2012 6:14 pm
    Rural Conservative, I agree that we have to accept that many unemployed and homeless from other states come here to look for jobs or take advantage of $ they could make. I don't think the economic/unemployment crisis will end anytime soon.

    BLS.gov's latest reports of unemployment show about 1/2 of unemployed have been out of work for more than 2 years; that is historic. However, many had no control over their company's closing, and there have not been jobs for them to go to for several years now, so they come here. Kind of like how it was for ND in the early 80's when college graduates were forced to leave ND.

    My take is for ND companies to require fingerprint background checks to send a message ND does not want those with criminal backgrounds. The checks are about the cost of the drug checks that many applicants are faking.

    That may, in turn, rule out the riffraff who would hire a prostitute. However, for those men who are the John's (riffraff or not), yes, publish their names and bring them forward, please.
  20. terrier
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    terrier - May 15, 2012 4:41 pm
    No charges for ...stupidity? :)
  21. angrymom
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    angrymom - May 15, 2012 1:40 pm
    legalbeagle said: "North Dakota new state Motto...give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your sex offenders, your prostitutes, your druggies, your homeless, "
    I could not have said this any better!
  22. Rural Conservative
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    Rural Conservative - May 15, 2012 12:32 pm
    JBenson said: " Exactly. And, those making the money, don't care about the integrity, or anything else. That includes not just those making money directly, but also indirectly."

    So what is yours and mdngal's solution? Shut down the oil industry over problems that have been present in other places outside ND for a while, whether they have oil or not?

    I think we can all agree that won't be happening. So what remains is do we accept it as part of the growth, and if we won't, what is the solution? It is easy to complain and blame.
  23. JBenson
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    JBenson - May 15, 2012 12:14 pm
    mdngal said: The very reason people live in small towns, or even in ND, is being destroyed. Since we can't seem to do anything about it, it's really unfair. Who do we go to for help? Who, among those making all the money here, really cares about the integrity of this state and the safety of it's people? There are a lot more victims of this boom than there are positive recipients. " Exactly. And, those making the money, don't care about the integrity, or anything else. That includes not just those making money directly, but also indirectly.

  24. HanpaSunka
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    HanpaSunka - May 15, 2012 10:49 am
    "Unlicensed massage" makes those of us who should have been grandfathered when this stupid law was enacted - It was aimed mainly, in truth, at sex massage. I've been doing massage since I was a kid & I have no expectation of stopping. On t'other hand, I've never been the least bit tempted to give a sexual massage no matter how much money was offered. To quote the kids, EEUUUWWW! Prostitution is another matter.

    But if the "leadership" of ND had quality in mind, rather than simple quantity, the oil patch - with all its problems of domestic abuse, child neglect, prostitution, & no housing or "Man" camps - would not have grown like topsy. If people keep electing 'representatives' who think only of moneymoneymoney & moremoremore, INSTEAD OF "quality", they seem to be getting what they voted for. You all might think about that... This is an election year
  25. legalbeagle
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    legalbeagle - May 15, 2012 10:15 am
    North Dakota new state Motto...give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, your sex offenders, your prostitutes, your druggies, your homeless,


  26. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 15, 2012 9:53 am
    I haven't seen the flyer, but really, this is rather disgusting. I do agree that there should be fines and other penalties for the "clients" here, too. They help spread disease as much as prostitutes themselves. She is bringing a whole different level of men to this little town, and it seems she and her mother think they can help themselves to other peoples things, too. The very reason people live in small towns, or even in ND, is being destroyed. Since we can't seem to do anything about it, it's really unfair. Who do we go to for help? Who, among those making all the money here, really cares about the integrity of this state and the safety of it's people? There are a lot more victims of this boom than there are positive recipients.
  27. Lord Kadizzle
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    Lord Kadizzle - May 15, 2012 9:42 am
    Publish the names of the Johns. Yes the Johns who pay off our legislators.
  28. Lord Kadizzle
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    Lord Kadizzle - May 15, 2012 9:41 am
    What kind of country is this? You can legally buy a favor from a Congressman that will net you a nice tax break, but it is illegal to buy a favor from a struggling message business?
  29. Brickme
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    Brickme - May 15, 2012 9:02 am
    Have you seen the flier? She deserves to be arrested!!
  30. Marvin51
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    Marvin51 - May 15, 2012 8:44 am
    Does the prosecutor now have the cell phone with text messages or are they just ignoring the "customers".

    I found it interesting the penalty is evidently the same for not having a license to be a masseus and prostitution.
  31. WinnieJ
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    WinnieJ - May 15, 2012 8:38 am
    I'm not defending prostitution, but....it's ironic no one cares if a woman has sex after being bought a couple drinks, but outright cash- that's forbidden.

    Gary- If you're referring to Mary Magdalene, nowhere in the bible does it imply the prostitute who Jesus defended is the same person as Mary Magdalene. That's a notion thought up by those who like to peg women in the bible as either saints or whores. No middle ground.
  32. Vern
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    Vern - May 15, 2012 7:59 am
    Uhneed said: "You need a license to give a (nonsexual) massage these days? What the heck. "

    Have you known the government to NOT get its share of anything?
  33. Vern
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    Vern - May 15, 2012 7:59 am
    NDOkie said: "why aren't the johns being arrested? If you want to curtail prostitution, you need to arrest the johns and publish their names and photographs along with those of the prostitutes."

    Because North Dakota doesn't have John laws.
  34. NDOkie
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    NDOkie - May 15, 2012 7:37 am
    There may not be many arrests being made, but they're only kidding themselves if they think prostitution is "rare" up there. And I absolutely agree: why aren't the johns being arrested? If you want to curtail prostitution, you need to arrest the johns and publish their names and photographs along with those of the prostitutes. It's proven to be quite effective. Of course, down here we have the infamous Video Vigilante, who makes it his life's mission to videotape hookers and johns around Oklahoma City. His work has helped clean up a few neighborhoods and parks.
  35. Lord Kadizzle
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    Lord Kadizzle - May 15, 2012 7:12 am
    In North Dakota only elected officials can legally prostitute themselves. Everyone else is supposed to make an honest living.
  36. Gary Garner
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    Gary Garner - May 15, 2012 7:03 am
    what a waste of money by the cops. who cares if she is providing digital release in her own home? The person that narked should be ran out of town. This chick should open franchises. You people are mean commenting on her looks. I think she is nice looking. The world is a tough plac and she is just trying to make a living. $50 is cheap. think of the hand cramps she gets. One of Jesus's closest friends was a whoore so be nice!
  37. angryabortion
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    angryabortion - May 15, 2012 2:27 am
    guide12 said: "Do you thinking anyone is going to click on the "buy this photo" link?"

    put me down for a coffee mug and a refrigerator magnet...
  38. 5575
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    5575 - May 14, 2012 11:46 pm
    They just moved into town a short time ago right across the street from a family member there. He caught this girls mother in his garage one day, when he asked her what the heck she was doing in there she told him she was looking for a shovel...wth?
    He should have called the cops then but never did. All kinds of new wackos moving in lately thou, its sad.
  39. lucyinsky
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    lucyinsky - May 14, 2012 11:11 pm
    Doesn't look like a local Glen Ullin woman to me. Couldn't say lady. More trash brought in by the oil, I am sure. But these are great times, listen to our tourism commercials, and politicians. It is so great!!! Did anyone notice all the marks on her arms?
  40. guide12
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    guide12 - May 14, 2012 9:40 pm
    Do you thinking anyone is going to click on the "buy this photo" link?
  41. Artist1
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    Artist1 - May 14, 2012 9:01 pm
    Mom pants? May match the arms and intellect.
  42. bricklayer
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    bricklayer - May 14, 2012 8:59 pm
    $50 seems a little steep.
  43. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 14, 2012 7:44 pm
    Apparently they are lonely - or desperate - or lazy, but unless I miss my guess the biggest percentage aren't from NoDak and probably always have to pay for it. We haven't seen what the "clients" look like!
  44. cashin'inmychange
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    cashin'inmychange - May 14, 2012 7:15 pm
    Uhneed said: "You need a license to give a (nonsexual) massage these days? What the heck. "

    You do if you charge for it.
  45. kuyy
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    kuyy - May 14, 2012 7:11 pm
    Must be some lonely boys out there in NoDak! Dang that's scary!
  46. Poetic_Justice
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    Poetic_Justice - May 14, 2012 6:50 pm
    Why do we always jail the poor women trying to make a buck -- but the men who are taking advantage of the situation are never prosecuted?
  47. Uhneed
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    Uhneed - May 14, 2012 6:30 pm
    You need a license to give a (nonsexual) massage these days? What the heck.
  48. sehr windig
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    sehr windig - May 14, 2012 6:19 pm
    This is nothing compared to the "services" being offered in Willi, Minot and Dickinson by ladyboys from Chicago that have come here to be (as they put it) "sugared by a daddy."

    They'll keep public health busy...
  49. BernieJR
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    BernieJR - May 14, 2012 5:01 pm
    I grew up in the town and go back there all the time due to family being there... I have never heard or seen this lady before... Must be someone new, as there is a lot of new people in town as of lately
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