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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

PIO 
News Date: 1/7/2011 

 PCSO Undercover Detectives Arrest 12 for Solicitation of Prostitution 


In response to citizen complaints about prostitution activity in Lakeland, on Thursday, January 6, 2011, the PCSO Vice Unit, with assistance from the PCSO Gang and Narcotics Units, conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitutes. They focused mainly on the areas of Ohio Street, Wabash Avenue, and Arizona Avenue. In all, undercover PCSO detectives made 12 arrests for Solicitation of Prostitution. 

Of the 12 suspects arrested, 8 had three or more prior arrests for prostitution, and those 8 were charged with Third or Subsequent Offense to Solicit Prostitution (Parker v. State). 

Those arrested were: 

Valerie C. Black, DOB 09/24/1962, of 309 Quincy St in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Casey L. Brown, DOB 10/12/1991, of 8444 Gibson Oaks Dr in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Damisha Carlton, DOB 08/18/1978, of 879 Chamberlain Blvd in Lakeland; charges: Offer to Commit Lewdness 

Tammy Fussell, DOB 01/06/1974, of 814 N. Kentucky Ave in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Tanya Mutcherson, DOB 03/29/1989, of 217 Colorado Ave in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution 

Dawn E. Putnam, DOB 09/28/1967, of 808 N. Iowa Ave in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense), and Warrant served for Violation of Probation 

Lisette Rosa, DOB 09/18/1970, of 720 W. Adams in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Diane Scoville, DOB 06/10/1970, of 2305 Nashville Rd in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Zulika Smith, DOB 10/27/1961, of 315 Peachtree St in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense) 

Shalonda Timmons, DOB 02/02/1985, of 1608 Georgetown Dr in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution

Gina Wolter, DOB 03/22/1966, of 814 Kentucky Ave in Lakeland; charges: Solicit Prostitution 

Misty Young, DOB 07/16/1982, Homeless; charges: Solicit Prostitution (3rd or Subsequent Offense), Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Battery 

"Our message is clear: to those who think prostitution is harmless or a 'victimless crime' -- it is not. Many of these women we arrested have several other past offenses and prior arrests - they often prostitute themselves in order to purchase illegal narcotics, and they appear to have little respect for the laws that the rest of us obey. We will continue to put criminals like these behind bars and continue to get our message across that we will not tolerate crimes like these." - Sheriff Grady Judd