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.