A Stock Island woman was arrested after she agreed to trade a sexual act for $40.
Accused hooker claimed to be the ‘best on Stock Island’ September 9, 2013
Pair caught having sex at abandoned site charged with trespassing September 7, 2013
An abandoned hotel property that is in plain view of passers-by was where two people were caught having sex, police say.
A Fort Lauderdale police officer responded to a report of a naked man and woman walking around the abandoned Econo Lodge, 2949 N. Federal Highway, on Wednesday, according to a police report. The officer stumbled upon Alan Harrold, 37, and Crystal Potter, 33, having sex there, the report said.
The Econo Lodge was closed off with a chain-link fence, and there were signs prohibiting trespassing, the report said. Harold and Potter were charged with trespassing and exposing sex organs in public, jail records show.
Adjudication was withheld in both cases, meaning no conviction was recorded.
Man, 83, nabbed in sex sting said he wanted ….. “everything” September 5, 2013
An undercover cop, posing as a hooker in an area in Daytona Beach known for street prostitution, asked the driver of a tan Nissan whether he “wanted to party,” according to an arrest affidavit from the Daytona Beach Police Department.
The driver, Stuart R. Ringdahl, 83, said “yeah” and then said he wanted “to smoke,” according to the arrest report.
When the ‘hooker’ then asked Ringdahl what he was looking for, he allegedly replied “everything” and added that he wanted to “smoke something that made [him] feel good” while receiving oral sex, cops said.
Ringdahl was even willing to shell out $20 for the cheap thrills, according to the report.
Instead, Ringdahl got a ride to jail and his car was impounded.
Two men accused of lewd activity in a park September 3, 2013
Lee County Deputies arrested two men for allegedly performing lewd acts in the Caloosahatchee Preserve Park East on Friday.
An arrest report says deputies received complaints about men performing acts of lewdness in public. The park is located east of I-75 on Bayshore Road.
An undercover detective sat at a park pavilion and began a conversation with 70-year-old Gary Colston, according to the report. It says the detective asked Colston if the park was a good place to have fun, and Colston replied “yes, depending on what kind of fun you want to have.” The report says Colston lead the detective down a trail and while still in public view, tried to engage him in sex acts.
About 30 minutes later, the same situation played out with the second suspect, 49-year-old Lawrence Urbaniak. An undercover detective had a similar conversation with Urbaniak at a pavilion. His arrest report says Urbaniak told him he routinely comes to the park to meet other men and that he likes to receive oral sex from them. Urbaniak also lead the deputy down a trail and tried to engage him in sex acts.
Both men left the park in handcuffs. They’re facing charges of violating a county ordinance and performing lewd acts.
The sheriff’s office says another man was for arrested in a similar situation at the park back in April.
Married pastor jailed in prostitution sting August 27, 2013
The driver of a Lexus SUV repeatedly circled a woman standing on 13th Street in St. Cloud on Friday afternoon, slowing to wave — unaware that she was an undercover cop on a prostitution sting.
After some banter with the woman on the corner — who was police Sgt. Dhalyn Lakey — Carlos Feliciano, pastor of One Way Family Church in St. Cloud, said he “wanted everything” when she asked if he was offering her $60 for sex, the arrest report stated.
She told Feliciano to drive around the corner to meet her on 15th Street, where the evangelical minister with a congregation on Commerce Center Drive found himself surrounded by police officers and charged with purchasing prostitution services, records show.
“Carlos stated that when he approached the female (UC) he was initially looking for a body rub and when the female asked him if he wanted sex, he said, ‘Yes,’” a detective wrote. “Carlos told me, ‘I failed.’”
Once in custody, 37-year-old Feliciano did not use his one phone call to tell his family what happened.
About 6 p.m. Friday, Feliciano’s wife, who is his fellow pastor at the church, arrived at police headquarters with other family members to file a missing-person report.
Feliciano’s family said he had last been seen handing out fliers and visiting churches around noon that day, according to police. The family left shortly after learning he had been arrested and was being held at the Osceola County Jail on a prostitution charge, with bail set at $500.
The sting resulted in the arrest of one other man, Eric Bellaire, a 47-year-old businessman from Indialantic, who was charged with purchasing prostitution services after offering $20 for sex, records say. He was booked at the county jail.
Both men were later released, records state.
On Sunday afternoon Barry Thompson got busted.
Sometimes it’s the price you pay for ‘keeping it in the family.’
When deputies noticed a 2005 Toyota parked in the entrance of Pride Elementary School in Deltona, they stopped to investigate, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
As a deputy approached the car, the officer noticed a man inside the car, later identified as 52-year-old Barry Thompson, who appeared to be trying to hide something behind the reclined front passenger seat, which was occupied by his 29-year-old stepdaughter, according to an arrest affidavit from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy explained to Thompson that he was tresspassing on school property before asking th e Deltona man why the zipper on his pants was open, the affidavit stated.
Thomspon reportedly told the deputy that he and his passenger, who he described as “his date” — and also his step daughter — were involved in a sexual relationship and had been trying to hide their affair from his wife, who is also the woman’s mom, according to the arrest report.
After Thompson was arrested for Trespassing on School Grounds, deputies then searched his car and found a “Koozie” behind the passenger’s seat containing 51 Dilaudid pills for which he had no valid prescription, according to the arrest report.
Thompson then allegedly ‘fessed up to being on “Federal pre-trail release” out of Tennessee. He alsi stated that a condition of his release forbids him from possessing prescription meds, deputies said.
His step daughter was issued a trespass warning.
Thompson is charged with Trafficking in Hydromorphone and Trespassing on School Property, records show.
Meanwhile, the woman with whom he engaged in the act was so intoxicated she was taken to the hospital and will be charged via a sworn complaint, Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.
The incident occurred about 2:14 p.m. at the park at 25500 Davonia St. An arrest report states the 35-year-old woman, who is from Keystone Heights, was extremely intoxicated and fell off a bench.
The 19-year-old man came out of the water to assist the woman, and they engaged in a sexual act that went on for several minutes until someone stopped them, the report states.
Several people were present, and the act was witnessed by a 12-year-old, the report states.
Prosecutors are hitting a Lauderhill cop where it hurts, charging him with a felony for getting a female drunken driver to punch him in the genitals, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.
Because he liked it, prosecutors said, the officer is being charged with unlawful compensation, defined as the obtaining of an illegal benefit for performing or declining to perform a public duty — in this case, arresting the driver.
A second officer in the case is being accused of having sex with the passenger of the same car, all the while threatening to arrest her as well.
Officers Thomas Merenda and Franklin Hartley turned themselves in Thursday night. Both are charged with unlawful compensation, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days, stemming from a May 24, 2012, encounter with the two women, who had been drinking at the Vegas Cabaret strip club on University Drive.
Merenda’s lawyer, Eric Schwartzreich, said the charges against his client were baffling.
“The only thing that’s nuts here is the prosecution of this case and the way it’s been filed,” Schwartzreich said.
According to prosecutors, Hartley, 32, stopped the women in their car after they left the club and, threatening to arrest the driver, ordered them to follow him to the parking lot of a nearby mall. That’s where Merenda, 35, met up with them.
According to arrest reports, Hartley ordered the passenger to perform oral sex on him, then had intercourse with her. Merenda’s request, according to the reports, was less time-consuming: “Officer Merenda asked the victim [name withheld] to punch him in the ‘nuts,’ meaning genital area.”
Merenda, “who at the time of the incident was an on-duty public servant, did intentionally, unlawfully and corruptly request and accept the benefit of having the victim … strike him in the groin by threatening arrest, citation or seizure,” according to Merenda’s arrest report.
Hartley faces two unlawful compensation charges — one for having sex with the passenger, and the other for encouraging the driver to punch Merenda. “Tom really enjoys this,” he reportedly told the driver.
Hartley asked for and received the passenger’s phone number, and he sent her a photograph via text message some time after the parking lot encounter, according to Hartley’s arrest report.
The Sun Sentinel is not naming the women, ages 29 and 31 at the time of the alleged incident, because of the nature of the allegations.
During the investigation that followed the incident, detectives tracked the GPS monitors on the marked patrol cars assigned to Merenda and Hartley, finding that both were behind 7300 W. Commercial Blvd. for more than an hour and a half.
Detectives also found the passenger’s underwear at the scene, and testimony from three women claiming Merenda enjoyed sexual pain, with two of the women specifically mentioning the pain of being struck in the groin.
Schwartzreich remained incredulous.
“We look forward to him being vindicated of these outrageous, outlandish and absurd accusations,” he said of Merenda. “Unlawful compensation is defined as gaining a benefit or advantage. As a member of the male gender, I can tell you that being struck in the testicles is not a benefit or advantage. Any male can attest to that. He’s not into that kind of thing.”
Hartley’s lawyer, Anthony Livoti, said several aspects of the arrest reports struck him as suspicious. There is no DNA evidence, Livoti said, and the reports say Hartley threatened to arrest the passenger as well as the driver.
“Why would an officer threaten to arrest a passenger in a vehicle for DUI?” Livoti said. He also wondered why an officer would have a drunken driver remain behind the wheel and follow him to another location. Finally, he questioned why the passenger gave Hartley her phone number, and he claimed she sent him a photo of herself as well.
Both Merenda and Hartley are on unpaid administrative leave from the Lauderhill Police Department. Before the incident, Hartley had served five years as a cop, and Merenda had served 11. Merenda was once Crisis Team Officer of the Year, while Hartley once received a commendation for helping capture a suspected terrorist.
Merenda is married and has two children. “His wife is aware of the accusations and supports him unequivocally, 110 percent,” Schwartzreich said.
Hartley is also married, has two children and has his family’s support, Livoti said.
Lauderhill Police Chief Andrew Smalling issued a statement expressing disapproval of the officers’ alleged actions.
“I and the men and women of the Lauderhill Police department are truly disappointed with the nature of the allegations made against these two officers and if they are proven to be true, the consequences should be severe,” Smalling said. “The alleged actions of these two officers are in no way any reflection of the character and integrity of the many hard working men and women of the Lauderhill Police Department.”
Bradford Cohen, a lawyer representing the reported victims, said they were distraught about the whole experience and are hoping the trial reveals just how egregious the officers’ conduct was.
“The allegations are extremely serious in regard to both officers,” Cohen said. “They look forward to bringing these two individuals to justice.”
He said the women have not made a decision on whether to file a civil suit.
Mom, daughter accused of selling ’2 for 1′ sex on website August 8, 2013
A mother and daughter were arrested Tuesday and both face charges after soliciting two-for-one sex deals on Backpage.com, police said.
Ramona Ramoutar, 43, aka ‘Jazmine,’ and Daniella Eshtie Sinanan, 24, aka ‘Angel,’ advertised themselves on the ‘south florida escorts’ section of the website, according to Boynton Beach police.
It was the second time since July 25 that the pair have been arrested by Boynton Beach police on solicitation of prostitution charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit, neighbors didn’t like what was allegedly going on in the 400 block of Savannah Lakes Drive.
Boynton Beach police Traffic Unit officers handled the month-long investigation because the first complaints happened to be made to a traffic officer, police said
A 52-year old St. Johns County Sexual Predator was arrested for the second time in a week on additional charges of cruelty to animals, sexual activities involving animals and failure to register as a Sexual Predator. The suspect, identified as James Lee Lyons, 52, 7548 U.S. 1 South, was served an arrest warrant this (Thursday) morning and was booked into the County Jail on bonds totaling $61,000.
Last Friday, Lyons was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and sexual activity involving an animal after a neighbor discovered injuries to one of his dogs. A Veterinarian examined the dog and was highly suspicious for animal abuse and bestiality. Evidence led Special Victim’s Detectives to the suspect who was then arrested on a warrant. He was released that evening after posting $11,000 bond.
One of Lyons pretrial release conditions that was ordered by a Circuit Judge was that he not have any pets at his residence. Animal Control Officers responded to the U.S. 1 South residence and removed two additional dogs that were inside the suspect’s residence. The two dogs were taken to another vet office (Matanzas River Animal Hospital) for examination. A Pit Bull belonging to the suspect did not show any injuries, however, a 42 pound Terrier mix female, that the suspect claimed was a stray, had sustained injuries according to the Veterinarian. Dr. Nicholas stated “The injuries to this dog’s genitals were appalling.” He added, “There is no doubt that this dog suffered a great amount of pain…The suffering that this dog endured and continues to endure during the healing process cannot be overstated.”
Following treatment, the Terrier mix (photo attached) is being cared for by County Animal Control and will be offered for adoption and/or rescue at a later time. The Pit Bull will also be available for rescue.
Lyons was also charged with failure to register as a Sexual Predator. Evidence obtained by detectives during the initial investigation revealed that he had been staying at the U.S. 1 South residence on numerous occasions since the beginning of the year. During this time he was registered at a St. Augustine Shores address (437 Gloria St.). It was only after his arrest last week that he registered the temporary address.