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Hooker Arrested for Prostitution

brianna hooker

Brianna Hooker

Lee County ran an undercover prostitution sting over the weekend and picked up a hooker… Brianna Hooker. There were 14 more arrests from the operation, in addition to Ms. Hooker. The undercover detective invited her to a location where he was staying, whereupon she agreed to have sex with him, then asked if she could smoke up before she performed for him. She has an extensive history of drugs and theft related offenses, and is facing drug possession charges as well as a violation of her earlier probation for this new charge. As is so often the case, the drug abuse likely led to the theft and prostitution as she tried to feed her addiction. That’s likely the case for several of the co-defendants from this operation.

Web Page Publishers Charged with Pimping


Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Backpage.com is known among the criminal bar as a webpage that carries personal ads targeting ‘adult services’, like the old back pages of tabloid papers. It’s not unusual for that to be the source leading to prostitution arrests. California Attorney General Kamala Harris initiated these charges as part of a crackdown on human trafficking. As far as I know, it’s the first time a webpage publisher has faced criminal charges for a hosting-type situation. It will be interesting if these charges will hold up, and for the First Amendment ramifications for charging a publisher. Some of the facts cited by the LA Times are damning, as these men were making millions from the website, and there are shocking numbers of minors being trafficked by pimps on Backpage.

Alleged Prostitute Claims the Sex Was Free

Happy Friday!

Crystal Sweigart, who has been charged with running a prostitution ring in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, has a rather novel defense to the prostitution charges. She admits that she was giving unlicensed massages (which is a crime, itself), but says that the sexual contact that occurred afterward was merely fun between friends after work. She said, “Anything that happened when the massage stopped becomes two consenting adults having fun,” Sweigart said. “What I’m complaining about is (police) labeling it as [prostitution].”

Legally that would be a defense to the prostitution charge. However, the fact that the patrons gave her additional money when the sex acts occurred belies the fact that it was merely fun. It sounds like sexual contact in exchange for money. She admits that it’s incriminating: “Did I refuse the money? No,” Sweigart said. “Should I have or would it have looked better on me if I didn’t? Probably.” Two men have also been charged for patronizing prostitutes. Beware the happy ending…

Another Big Drug Bust by LCSO

The Lee County Sheriff has conducted several large-scale drug stings in hte last several months, and announced the completion of another one today, this time in the Suncoast Estates area of North Fort Myers. So far, 31 people have been arrested in the sting.


Sheriff’s Office Arrests Men as Favor

LCSO wants people to know that there has been a rash of robberies. How did they let them know? They set up an undercover sting operation and arrested nine men for soliciting prostitution. That’s all well and good LCSO, but don’t pretend that this sting operation was a goodwill gesture to these guys. “Aren’t you lucky you didn’t get robbed… now go to jail and we’ll publish your names on Facebook.”

Of course, they could’ve published a press release about the rash of robberies. I’ve seen it on TV (Elementary did an episode about that last season,) but I haven’t heard of any reports of it actually happening. LCSO is more interested in making some misdemeanor arrests and issuing press releases than helping out these johns! They may be breaking the law, but its preposterous to claim that the sting was done, “In an attempt to make the public aware about a rash of robberies.” Don’t pretend that, “the reason for the operation was because more and more “johns” have been robbed.” If that was the case, you wouldn’t have arrested these guys. Also guys, prostitution is illegal: don’t do it. Police love to put up prostitution sting photos…

Also, the headline, “Nine Arrested for Naughty Acts” is cute. Thanks LCSO public info team for making me smile at that.


Will the “Zumba Prostitute” Alexis Wright Sell Her Story

Alexis Wright"Zumba Prostitute"

Alexis Wright
“Zumba Prostitute”

The AP has taken a look at Alexis Wright’s situation to see if there’s any likelihood that she might sell her story. I would have to expect that she would- it’s definitely got some appeal: both as a book and for a movie, probably of the made-for-tv variety. In addition to the substantial legal fees that she certainly incurred, she was given $57,000 in fines and restitution that she’s going to have to pay for, and that would take a long time at her part-time job. She is a single mother, and has a kid to support, so I don’t begrudge her trying to make something positive out of a bad situation. She’ll serve her time, which will apparently be 10 months in jail, and apparently there are no state laws that would prevent her selling the story.

The next question is, who plays her in the movie? Alyssa Milano springs to mind, not only due to looks, but Milano played Amy Fisher in the TV movie about the “Long Island Lolita,” but she may be a little old for the part. She’s still looking great at 40, but she’s also busy nowadays. I’ll have my eye on “Lifetime,” just in case…


Alexis Wright, A.K.A. the Zumba Prostitute, Pleads Guilty

Alexis Wright, the Zumba Prostitute

“Zumba prostitute” Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright pleaded guilty to 20 counts as part of a negotiated agreement in court on Friday. Her felonies were reduced to misdemeanors, and 86 counts were dropped, but she is looking at doing 10 months in jail. That’s substantially less than she could have been facing with dozens of felonies, and is probably a fair resolution. She is free on bail until her sentencing on May 31.