For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: March 19, 2003
Attorney General's Office Obtains Conviction in Boise Prostitution Case
(Boise) - An Ada County jury has convicted Taya Grazian, also known as Maxine Grazian, of three counts of attempted procurement of prostitution and two counts of procurement of prostitution, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. The jury acquitted the defendant on one count of procurement of prostitution. Following a five-day trial, the jury deliberated for more than six hours before returning the verdict late Tuesday evening.
Grazian operated Aanuu Ecstasy, an escort service in Boise.
After receiving a tip in December 2000 that Aanuu Ecstasy was running a prostitution ring in the Treasure Valley, the Canyon County Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover encounter with an escort from the service. The escort offered a "tip session" that would involve sexual contact. The undercover officer declined, saying he did not have enough money for the tip session. A warrant for the escort's arrest was issued in Canyon County on December 19, 2001.
Acting on information received from the escort, the Canyon County Sheriff's office sent three undercover officers to the main office of Aanuu Ecstasy. The officers posed as escorts seeking to become associated with the business in three separate undercover meetings with Grazian. The officers tape recorded statements Grazian made describing the services provided and how to avoid detection by law enforcement. The jury heard tapes of two of these meetings.
Law enforcement officers from Canyon County and Ada County executed a search warrant at the business on April 23, 2002 and seized various records.
Grazian was arrested April 24, 2002. The Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed a complaint charging her with one count of procurement of prostitution.
The case was then referred to the Attorney General's Office for further investigation and prosecution. The Attorney General's Office obtained additional information from three Aanuu Ecstasy escorts regarding prostitution-related activities being conducted from the business.
On July 16, 2002, the Ada County Grand Jury issued an indictment charging Grazian with three counts of attempted procurement of prostitution. Two weeks later the grand jury issued a second indictment charging Grazian with three counts of procurement of prostitution. The district court consolidated the two cases for trial.
Chief Investigator Mike Dillon led the Attorney General's investigation. Deputy Attorneys General J. Scott James and Ken Robins prosecuted the case.
Fourth District Judge Michael McLaughlin set a sentencing hearing for May 2, 2003.
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