Date: January 10, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
7 Arrested During Investigation Targeting Prostitution

Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations detectives, arrested 7 suspects January 5, 2001, during an undercover operation targeting prostitution activity near Wabash. During the undercover operation, the following were arrested and charged: 

* Robert Beck, DOB 2/8/42, of 5421 N Street 5, Indiana, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution and carrying a concealed firearm.

* Nathan Platt, DOB 10/19/36, of 3855 Timber Path in Lakeland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. 

* Gerald Carter, DOB 10/18/73, of 2042 W. Hickory in Lakeland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution and no valid driver license. 

* George Gonzalez, DOB 8/21/80, of 1020 W. Greenwood in Lakeland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. 

* Andrew Bessette, DOB 2/23/29, of 2727 Sandland Ranch #20 in Lakeland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. 

* Carmin Rossi, DOB 3/17/21,of 236 2nd Ave. in Lake Wales, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. 

* Donald Harris, DOB 4/18/45, of 6919 Montreal Dr. in Lakeland, charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. 

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

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