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News Date: 4/7/2012 

 PCSO Detectives Arrest 29 in Prostitution Sting 


“Those who solicit for prostitution should take note,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “We will not tolerate prostitution in Polk County.  The negative social costs of prostitution hurt families, children and communities.  Our detectives will continue to conduct these investigations -   prostitution and solicitation for prostitution is a crime, you will be arrested and you will go to jail.”

On Friday, April 6, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives, acting in an undercover capacity, conducted a prostitution investigation in the Winter Haven area.  A total of 29 suspects were arrested.

Arrested was 50-year-old Walter Schmitz, DOB 10/09/1961, 132 Yacht haven Drive, Coca Beach. Schmitz told detectives he is an engineer for NASA. He stated he use to work on the Space Shuttle program but since its retirement he has been working on a program for its replacement.  Schmitz was charged with Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.

A complete list of those arrested appears below:

  1.  Michael L Crisp, W/M, DOB 07-19-47, 128 Hampden Road, Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/Prostitution.
  2. Terrence L Merkiel, W/M, DOB 09-24-58, 1240 Sumner Street, Auburndale; Charges, Possession of Open Container.
  3. Juan Sanchez-Avellaneda, H/M, DOB 06-27-69, 128 Avenue A East, Wahneta; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  4. Timothy Heard, B/M, DOB 05-11-86, 106 Avenue B SW Winter Haven; Charges, Possession of Open Container.
  5. Robert Goodwin, W/M, DOB 11-8-59, 114 Bennett Street, Auburndale; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  6. Paul Wotring, W/M, DOB 11-23-26, 540 E Thelma Street, Lake Alfred; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  7. Mark Giles, W/M, DOB 01-16-75, 232 Bentley Oaks Boulevard, Auburndale; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  8. Robbin Atkinson, B/M, DOB 09-1-63, 180 Central Avenue Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Prostitution, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Paraphernalia.
  9. Lawrence Butler III, B/M, DOB 07-18-88, 806 Ware Avenue NE, Winter Haven; Charges, Resist Officer W/out Violence and Obstruction.
  10. Sandra L Cornell, W/F, DOB 09-13-61, 6137 Avenue H NW, Winter Haven; Charges, Battery- Felony (Previous Convictions)and Solicitation.
  11. Felipe Juan, H/M, DOB 04-27-69, 4081 Barbara Avenue, Haines City; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  12. Levin Thomas, B/M, DOB 05-26-66, 2833 Dudley Drive, Bartow; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  13. Kris Brinson, W/M, DOB 04-30-72, 201 Citrus Grove Rd Apt. 28 Polk City; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution
  14. John Eaglin, B/M, DOB 05-10-66, 3640 Avenue T NW, Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine and Battery.
  15. Willie Washington, B/M, DOB 05-26-66, 195 W Davis Avenue, Lake Alfred, Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  16. Carlos Figueroa, H/M, DOB 12-6-63, 8936 Sonora Road, Polk City; Charge, DWLS.
  17. Marvin McCalebb, B/M, DOB 07-2-53, 611 N Clermont Avenue Ft. Meade; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  18. Kajaun Mikell, B/M, DOB 06-10-92, 117 Beach Drive, Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  19. Rakinma Cuyler, B/F, DOB 01-27-75, 2580 Lake Alfred Road Apt 10 Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution, Possession of Cannabis, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
  20. Joycelyn Dorleon, B/F, DOB 05-3-84, 841 5th St Lake Ida, Winter Haven; Charges, Resisting Without Violence, and Obstruction.
  21. Cameron Charles, B/M, DOB 05-15-75, 845 3rd Street Lake Ida, Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  22. Mike Bennett, W/M, DOB 09-8-56, 3525 US Highway 17 North, Room 2, Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  23. Andre Alli, W/M, DOB 03/05/1980, 9311 Crandon Lane, Tampa; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  24. Anthony Davis, B/M, DOB 03-12-83, 1258 5th Street, Northeast Winter Haven; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution, Possession of Cannabis, and Possession  of Drug Paraphernalia.
  25. Walter Schmitz, W/M, DOB 10-09-61, 132 Yacht Haven Drive, Coca Beach, Florida; Charges, Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  26. Tryes Street, B/M, DOB 11-5-74, 111 Beach Drive Winter Haven; Charges, Escape, Possession of Meth, Possession of Cannabis Resisting Without Violence, and Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness/ Prostitution.
  27. Junetha Mcrae, B/F, DOB 02-07-76, 823 2nd Street Lake Ida, Winter Haven; Charges, Resisting Without Violence.
  28. David Schatz, W/M, DOB 07-22-80, 5711 Lakeside Landings Boulevard Winter Haven; Charges, Resisting Without Violence.