Beginning on December 1 and ending December 3, 2011, undercover PCSO detectives assigned to the Vice, Gang, Computer Crimes, Tactical Drug, and Crime Suppression Units conducted a proactive operation targeting online prostitution. Detectives answered online advertisements posted on websites such as Craigslist, Backpage, and CityVibe, and detectives also posted their own fictitious ads on websites. During the three-day operation, 31 suspects were arrested on a variety of charges, most of them associated with Solicitation of Prostitution, and some for drug-related charges. Several of the suspects admitted to advertising sex online as being their main source of income.
Some significant arrests were: Jamiee Rowe, Sierra Holland, Jaclyn Gottlieb, Jennifer Chasteen, Cheryl Endrustchat, Kayla Clark, Taylor Hopkins, Edith McGinnes, and Courtney Peters, who were all arrested as a result of answering ads posted by detectives posing as men having bachelor parties and wanting prostitutes. These women agreed to have sex for money with multiple partners.
In all three of the “bachelor party” scenarios, the different women were driven to the undercover location by pimps, or drivers. In all three instances, the drivers were arrested for multiple felonies: Denise Byron-Corbin, Ramee Saahir, and Michael Hunt.
Byron-Corbin (the driver for Cheryl Endrustchat) is currently on probation for Battery, Domestic Violence. In her car, detectives found a urine sample from an unknown person that she collected in an attempt to defeat her probation-ordered drug test. She used the urine for the test, and hid the remainder in her vehicle. They also found Methamphetamine and paraphernalia in her car.
Saahir (the pimp and driver for Courtney Peters and Kayla Clark) was extremely uncooperative with the arresting detectives. They located several pieces of crack cocaine hidden on his body, packaged for sale in a plastic tube. He was charged with Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, and Possession of Crack Cocaine Within 1000 Feet of a Church With Intent To Sell (WITS).
Hunt (the driver and security for Taylor Hopkins and Edith McGinnes), showed up to the undercover location wearing a black baseball cap with the word “POLICE” on it. He admitted to detectives that he wore the hat as part of intimidation tactics in case his “girls” experienced any problems while doing business. He was charged with Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Impersonating a LEO, and Grand Theft. He is also a registered sex offender from Seffner, Florida. Information from the FDLE website shows Hunt was charged in 2001 by the U.S. Military in New Jersey for rape (for more information, contact FDLE).
“These men and women got an early, and unexpected, Christmas present – a trip to the Polk County Jail! No matter how desperate you are for money, it is never okay to commit a crime. And, if you are lonely, go out and meet people – don’t resort to soliciting company like this at a disreputable website. If you conduct activity like this in Polk County, you will be arrested.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
Those arrested are listed, in order of date arrested, below:
Arrested on December 1, 2011:
1. Jaimee Rowe, DOB: 04/21/1987, Address: Homeless, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Battery
2. Sierra Holland, DOB: 12/02/1982, Address: 535 Kentucky Ave, Cocoa Beach, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Battery
3. Vicky Lee Lipford, DOB: 10/21/1967, Address: 936 Osceola St, Lakeland, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony – 3rd or subsequent offense), Battery
4. Michael Allegretto, DOB: 03/17/1960, Address: 936 Osceola St, Lakeland, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution
5. Hayley Vessels, DOB: 12/28/1992, Address: 4097 Lake Ned Village Circle, Winter Haven, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Possession of Oxycontin
Arrested on December 2, 2011:
6. Rashidat Owe, DOB: 10/18/1980, Address: 2811 Ruleme Place #908, Eustis, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
7. Jaclyn Gottlieb, DOB: 05/13/1977, Address: 25801 Shawnee St, Sorrento, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony – 3rd or subsequent offense)
8. Jennifer Chasteen, DOB: 09/01/1980, Address: 25801 Shawnee St, Sorrento, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
9. Cheryl Endrustchat, DOB: 11/09/1967, Address: 6902 W. Hillsboro Ave, Tampa, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
10. Denise Byron-Corbin, DOB: 03/15/1972, Address: 8921 Delta Ln, Tampa, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
11. Tiffany Crosby, DOB: 08/22/1983, Address: Baymont Hotel, Kissimmee, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
12. Nathanael Agosto, DOB: 10/24/1989, Address: 1007 Hoagland Blvd, Kissimmee, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Marijuana
Arrested on December 3, 2011:
13. James H. Sheppard, DOB: 06/24/1957, Address: 20 W. Lucerne Cir Apt 502, Orlando, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
14. Kayla Clark, DOB: 12/03/1989, Address: 1490 Grand St, Orlando, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony – 3rd or subsequent offense)
15. Courtney E. Peters, DOB: 03/03/1990, Address: 1490 Grand St, Orlando, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
16. Ramee Saahir, DOB: 01/28/1984, Address: 7620 Herricks Loops, Orlando, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine Within 1000 Feet of a Church WITS
17. Keinon Carter, DOB: 01/11/1985, Address: 704 Grove Ave, Orlando, Charges: Solicit prostitution (Felony – 3rd or subsequent offense)
18. Allysia Williams, DOB: 12/24/1971, Address: 2419B S. Ferncreek Ave, Orlando, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
19. Jeffrey Spiegel, DOB: 11/17/1963, Address: 7636 Gossamer Wind St, Las Vegas, NV, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
20. Henry Varnadore, DOB: 11/22/1985, Address: 901 18th St, Orlando, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
21. Charles Mosby, DOB: 01/14/1987, Address: 611 W. Columbia St, Orlando, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
22. Simmie Brown, DOB: 05/22/1987, Address: 167 Oak Grove Rd, Orlando, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
23. Wayne Winner, DOB: 10/05/1971, Address: 1906 Blazers Trail, Lakeland, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
24. Michael Hunt (Registered Sex Offender), DOB: 06/01/1965, Address: 411 Pine Pointe Circle, Seffner, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Impersonate LEO, Grand Theft
25. Taylor Hopkins, DOB: 01/19/1993, Address: 6401 21st St North, St. Petersburg, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Grand Theft
26. Edith McGinnes, DOB: 03/11/1986, Address: Room 210 Town Suites, Adamo Dr, Tampa, Charges: Soliciting Prostitution
27. Regulo Cruz, DOB: 12/29/1983, Address: 408 West Bay St, Winter Haven, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
28. Patricia Chambers, DOB: 12/14/1984, Address: 725 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
29. China Primm, DOB: 12/02/1989, Address: 1823 Landing Dr Apt A, Sanford, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine
30. Ecstacya Pelham, DOB: 02/11/1987, Address: 1916 Lake Fountain Dr, Orlando, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
31. Darren Woodberry, DOB: 02/06/1965, Address: 3779 Wood Circle, Cocoa, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution