31 arrested in Polk online prostitution busts

3:29 PM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
Deputies say Allysia Williams was one of 31 people arrested during a 3-day prostitution sting operation.
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Bartow, Florida -- Polk deputies say more than two dozen people were arrested as a result of an online prostitution sting.

The three day operation began when undercover detectives answered online advertisements posted on websites such as Craigslist, Backpage, and CityVibe, and detectives also posted their own fictitious ads on websites.

Mug Shot Gallery: Polk online prostitution sting

Thirty-one 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.

"No matter how desperate you are for money, it is never OK to break the law," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release. "If you are lonely, go out and meet people - don't resort to soliciting company like this at a disreputable website."

Investigators say several people were arrested as a result of answering ads posted by detectives who were posing as men having bachelor parties and wanting prostitutes. These women allegedly 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 a pimp or driver. 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 say they found a urine sample from an unknown person that she collected in an attempt to defeat her probation-ordered drug test. She allegedly used the urine for the test, and hid the remainder in her vehicle. Methamphetamine and paraphernalia was also found 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.

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.

"These men and women got an early, and unexpected, Christmas present - a trip to the Polk County Jail!

Those arrested are listed, in order of date arrested, below:

Arrested on December 1, 2011: 

  • Jaimee Rowe, DOB: 04/21/1987, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Battery
  • Sierra Holland, DOB: 12/02/1982, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Battery
  • Vicky Lee Lipford, DOB: 10/21/1967, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony - 3rd or subsequent offense), Battery
  • Michael Allegretto, DOB: 03/17/1960, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution
  • Hayley Vessels, DOB: 12/28/1992, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Possession of Oxycontin

Arrested on December 2, 2011:

  • Rashidat Owe, DOB: 10/18/1980, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Jaclyn Gottlieb, DOB: 05/13/1977, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony - 3rd or subsequent offense)
  • Jennifer Chasteen, DOB: 09/01/1980, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Cheryl Endrustchat, DOB: 11/09/1967, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Denise Byron-Corbin, DOB: 03/15/1972, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Tiffany Crosby, DOB: 08/22/1983, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Nathanael Agosto, DOB: 10/24/1989, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Marijuana

Arrested on December 3, 2011:

  • James H. Sheppard, DOB: 06/24/1957, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Kayla Clark, DOB: 12/03/1989, Charges: Solicit Prostitution (Felony - 3rd or subsequent offense)
  • Courtney E. Peters, DOB: 03/03/1990, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Ramee Saahir, DOB: 01/28/1984, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine Within 1000 Feet of a Church WITS
  • Keinon Carter, DOB: 01/11/1985, Charges: Solicit prostitution (Felony - 3rd or subsequent offense)
  • Allysia Williams, DOB: 12/24/1971, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Jeffrey Spiegel, DOB: 11/17/1963, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Henry Varnadore, DOB: 11/22/1985, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Charles Mosby, DOB: 01/14/1987, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Simmie Brown, DOB: 05/22/1987, Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Wayne Winner, DOB: 10/05/1971, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Michael Hunt (Registered Sex Offender), DOB: 06/01/1965, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution, Impersonate LEO, Grand Theft
  • Taylor Hopkins, DOB: 01/19/1993, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Grand Theft
  • Edith McGinnes, DOB: 03/11/1986, Charges: Soliciting Prostitution
  • Regulo Cruz, DOB: 12/29/1983, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Patricia Chambers, DOB: 12/14/1984, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • China Primm, DOB: 12/02/1989, Charges: Solicit Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine
  • Ecstacya Pelham, DOB: 02/11/1987, Charges: Solicit Prostitution
  • Darren Woodberry, DOB: 02/06/1965, Charges: Deriving Proceeds From Prostitution

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