Friday, May 10, 2013
Two men, including one from St. Petersburg, were arrested and charged with racketeering and conspiracy for their role in a prostitution ring that stretched from Tampa to Sarasota and included a brothel in Pinellas County.
Two men were arrested and charged with racketeering and conspiracy for their role in a prostitution ring that stretched from Tampa to Sarasota and included a brothel in Pinellas County. Peter D. Kitt, 41, of Tampa, and Shawn D. Franklin, 42, of St. Petersburg, were arrested and charged with racketeering and conspiracy for their participation in the sex trafficking of approximately 16 women, according to officials Friday. "These arrests are the first step in bringing justice and peace to the victims of this alleged sex trafficking ring," Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a release. "Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and any individuals engaged in this abhorrent crime will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sarasota Police say Gary Mays paid two women to lie for him after he was charged with paying a minor for sex.
A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for tampering with witnesses after Sarasota Police say he paid two women to lie for him after he was charged with paying a minor for sex. Gary Mays, 43, was arrested in June 2011 and charged with giving a minor money, cigarettes and marijuana in return for sex at a North Tamiami Trail hotel, police said. Later, two women came forward to say they were in the hotel room and that the assault on the child did not occur, according to Officer Linda J. DeNiro, police spokesperson. "These two witnesses recently recanted their statements and told investigators that Mays paid them to give a false statement," DeNiro said. Mays was subsequently arrested and on Feb. 7 convicted of two counts of principle …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sarasota Police Department filed seven criminal charges against five people in the Jan. 23 bust.
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Thursday, January 31
Five people are facing prostitution charges as a result of a Jan. 23 bust by the Sarasota Police Department. The following people have been charged: Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.