Court: Suspect solicits Chevron customers for 'dominatrix business'

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJune 17, 2014 

Ashley Gatewood

A 22-year-old woman's attempts to drum up customers for her "dominatrix business" led to solicitation charges Sunday, according to court testimony.

Ashley Gatewood additionally faced possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects charges during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

An officer told the court he stopped Gatewood Sunday after she approached several male drivers at the 3100 block Macon Road Chevron around 1:30 a.m. During an interaction with one driver, she appeared to hand the man a business card, according to testimony.

When first questioned by officers, Gatewood explained that she had previously been arrested in California and Georgia for prostitution. However, she told police she no longer engaged in prostitution, and was merely informing potential customers of her dominatrix work.

Gatewood said she was unaware being paid for such work would still constitute prostitution, the officer said. She then claimed she was asking the Chevron customers for cigarettes.

The officer said he previously warned Gatewood not to solicit Chevron customers at an unspecified time. During that incident, she was warned to stay away from the business, according to court testimony.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $9,500 bond during Tuesday's hearing.

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