A 35-year-old San Carolos Park, Florida woman remained in jail Friday on charges of prostitution and practicing massage without a license after an undercover Lee County officer responded to her alleged online advertisement promoting fantasy dancing. She was denied bond for similar charges related to her previous arrest in December.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report, an undercover deputy found the woman’s supposed ad online and contacted her to arrange a meeting. He spoke to a woman who allegedly said she charged $90 for a half-hour session.
The detective supposedly went to the woman’s house where she allegedly stripped down to lingerie and began massaging him erotically. The report shows the officer asked the woman to have sex with him. She allegedly told the man she did not have time since he was late for their session.
The officer allegedly questioned whether sex was extra and the woman supposedly shared that it was included in the cost. The officer provided the take down signal and the woman was arrested.
Prostitution laws make it illegal for anyone to offer, agree to or engage in sexual activity for money. Florida prosecutors tend to take aggressive legal action towards any alleged prostitute or “John” involved in any scenario involving sexual solicitation. While most first time offenses are charged as misdemeanors, subsequent offenses of the same nature can amplify charges to felony status.
The state of Florida has been taking preemptive measures to strike down prostitution, solicitation, pandering and loitering. Many of the steps taken by law enforcement include raiding massage parlors and escort service to tempt employees into accepting or making sexual offers, shutting down Internet web sites that offer sexual advertisements and finally, performing undercover solicitation sting operations either on the streets or by scouring Internet ads. A prostitution or solicitation conviction can carry many punishments that can have devastating impacts on your life, including jail time, probation, fees and fines, AIDS testing, court-ordered therapy, community service and not to mention possible public embarrassment and the threat of losing your job.
An effective Florida Prostitution Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can view the facts of your case and negotiate reducing the charges you face so that you can stay out of jail. All prostitution and solicitation cases are unique and final sentencing relies on a variety of factors such as your criminal history, past convictions and whether you are currently on probation or parole.
If you have been arrested for prostitution-related offenses anywhere in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call us toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).
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