Prostitution case to go to grand jury

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Monday he will seek indictments against the two women charged with running a brothel from a Sugarloaf Country Club home.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said his office continues to compile a list of alleged customers of former Penthouse centerfold Lisa Taylor and her co-defendant, Nicole A. Probert. He plans to seek indictments in the next 30 to 45 days.

There's been no talk of a plea deal at this early stage in the case, Porter said.

Additional arrests are expected, Porter said. Last week, the district attorney said charges could include other alleged call girls advertising on a national Web site as well as "hobbyists" who reviewed the girls' work. Anyone found to have paid the women for sex could be charged with soliciting an act of prostitution, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Porter said.

''Basically, what we're going to do is create a list of customers from the records seized in the course of the search warrant,'' Porter said.

The brothel's customers included doctors, lawyers and businessmen, Porter has said. No names have been released, and Porter said Monday authorities plan to release only the names of persons charged with a crime.

''If we can develop enough evidence, people will be arrested, and that will be part of the public record,'' Porter said.

Taylor and her friends are accused of using her Web site under her alias, Melissa Wolf, to offer their services during visits to Boston, New York, Chicago and suburban Milwaukee. A link to her Web site can be found on The Erotic Review Web site where alleged call girls, referred to as "providers," advertise and their customers, "hobbyists," rank their performance.

Police raided Taylor's red-brick mansion Wednesday and found what they described as a high-class brothel and the headquarters of a call-girl ring whose customers received favors limited only by their imaginations and ability to pay.

Among the services offered was sex with the centerfold and other women for an entire weekend for $10,000, the prosecutor said.

The mansion is near the ninth hole at Sugarloaf Country Club, home of the PGA's BellSouth Classic each May.

Taylor, 42, and alleged business partner Probert, 30, face charges of prostitution, racketeering and conspiracy to possess cocaine. If a grand jury indicts them, their case would proceed to trial. They are currently free on bond.

There's been no date set for another hearing in the case, Porter said Monday.

Probert's attorney David Fuller has denied his client was involved in prostitution, saying she was a successful real estate developer and a single mother who recently came into an inheritance and did not need money. Taylor's attorneys have not yet commented on the case.

Chuck Pekor and Dan Dewaskin of Atlanta are representing Taylor, Pekor said Monday, adding that he and his firm are not in the position to say much about the case at this point.