Thursday, February 02, 2006

From the Half the World is Below Average Dept.

Pimping near police station a bad idea
MARTINEZ, Calif. --A married couple pleaded no contest to charges they ran a brothel across the street from a Concord police station, Contra Costa County authorities said. Debra Watts, 52, will serve one year of home detention after pleading to three felony counts of pimping and pandering, prosecutor Jose Marin said Monday.

Her husband, Ernest Watts, 63, pleaded to one misdemeanor count of maintaining a house of prostitution, Marin said.

Investigators said the couple ran the brothel for a year in an apartment located a few hundred feet from the Concord police station and used the Internet to solicit clients.

Police raided the apartment in January of 2005, six months after an informant tipped them off in exchange for leniency in a pending fraud case, according to a search warrant affidavit.
So, really, pimping near the police station wasn't such a bad idea. They were doing it for a year before an informant ratted them out. Who knows how long this could have gone on?
Surveillance of the apartment revealed a Monday-through-Friday operation in which women would arrive by 10 a.m. and leave by 7 p.m. Men would enter and leave throughout the day, staying for about 30 minutes at a time, according to the affidavit.

The women charged $160 for every half-hour and Debra Watts would take half, according to the affidavit.

A third defendant, Michelle Secrist, 22, of Vacaville, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of prostitution.

The couple, who lived in Fairfield but recently moved to Las Vegas, will be prohibited from working in any business related to prostitution as part of their probation.
So they've moved to Las Vegas where prostitution is legal, but they're prohibited from working in the business because they got in trouble for doing it somewhere else. Well I hope they've learned their lesson! Could someone please explain it to me?


Patterson said...

I'm guessing Chief Wiggum is on camera. How ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should open up their brothel in Vegas across from the police station...

ed said...

oops that was me