Date: November 2, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
8 Arrested During Investigation Targeting Prostitution

Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations detectives arrested 8 suspects November 1, 2000, during an undercover operation targeting prostitution activity in the 6000 block of New Tampa Highway in Lakeland. During the undercover operation, the following were arrested and charged: 

* Jorge Soto, DOB 4/23/73, of 4719 Dove Cross Dr. in Lakeland, occupation: Villa & Sons Landscaping, charged with 2 counts of soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution and battery. 
* John Peterson, DOB 4/19/68, of 4719 Dove Cross Dr. in Lakeland, occupation: Villa & Sons Landscaping, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 
* Edward Oneal, DOB 7/10/77, of 534 W. Timberland, Apt. A in Lakeland, occupation: none, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution, VOP and battery. 
* John Spiess, DOB 5/14/63, of 8452 Short Way, occupation: The Yofarm Company, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 
* Jason Land, DOB 5/2/79, of 6000 New Tampa Highway, Apt. 17 in Lakeland, occupation: Southeastern Construction, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 
* Richard Spitler, DOB 12/8/40, of 3519 Valley Tr. in Lakeland, occupation: self employed, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 
* Douglas Yutzy, DOB 2/17/76, of 4312 Swindell Rd. in Lakeland, occupation: RMC Ewell, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 
* Paul Barringer, DOB 8/22/56, of 5885 Willowwood Dr. in Mulberry, occupation: Heavy Equipment Operator for Polk County, charged with soliciting another to commit lewdness/prostitution. 

All the suspects were arrested and booked into the Polk County jail. The investigation is continuing.

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