SALT LAKE CITY — A Saratoga Springs man faces criminal charges for allegedly using an old firefighter badge in order to sexually assault a woman.
And police fear there are more victims who may be afraid to come forward.
"There are at least a couple of other victims. These are ones that we've talked to and have described the same kind of encounter. And we think there are more than that," said Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking.
Christopher David Scott, 35, was charged Oct. 31 with rape, a first-degree felony.
Investigators believe Scott has been arranging rendezvous with escorts. But when he and the woman meet, he flashes a badge and orders the woman to have sex with him for free, according to Wilking.
"He's indicating that he's law enforcement and there won't be any problems if the girls go along with what he wants to do," he said.
The criminal charge stems from an incident on April 22. Scott is accused of arranging to meet a woman he found on Backpage.com. When Scott met the woman at a motel, he flashed his badge, the charges state.
"(He) told her that if she did not do what he told her, she was going to jail," the charges state.
In October, when Scott tried to set up another meeting with the woman, she called police. Investigators had the woman set up the second meeting with Scott at a Salt Lake motel, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 3rd District Court. When Scott arrived at the motel, he was arrested.
Wilking said detectives learned Scott was previously a firefighter for a private company in another state.
"Scott also told your affiant that he gets on backpage.com and texts the girls posting on the website because he gets lonely," the warrant states.
Based on interviews and information found on Scott's phone, Wilking said police highly suspect there are more victims. He encouraged them to come forward and contact police, even if they are hesitant because they may be working as an escort.Comment on this story
"We want the public to know that anytime somebody represents themselves as law enforcement and commits a criminal act, that we need to know about it," he said. "That's a huge concern for us because it undermines the trust in the community. They don't know if this person is law enforcement or not. We need to investigate that."
Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.
Bail for Scott was set at $150,000. His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4.