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Sex slave case to end in plea deal


Plea deal is pending in sex slave case

Andrew Michael Kobak, whom authorities say dubbed himself "Master Drew" prior to last year's bust in a sex slave case, will plead out to criminal charges Wednesday morning. Kobak, 35, was arrested in 2007 after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he enlisted a 19-year-old bipolar and schizophrenic woman he met online to be his "sex slave." Master and slave even signed a 10-page agreement, authorities say, titled "Master Drew's Slavery Contract." A tip led deputies to raid Kobak's Jasmine Lake Estates home. Kobak was eventually charged with 16 felony counts of deriving proceeds from prostitution and single counts of felony manufacturing of marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count of maintaining a place of prostitution. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office would not comment Monday about the case or the terms of the plea bargain. Kobak's co-counsel also declined to comment. Kobak has been out on bail pending resolution of the case.


Sleeping child's death investigated

Pasco County sheriff's deputies are investigating Saturday's death of a 4-month-old girl. They did not consider the death suspicious. The child's mother told officials she put the baby down for a nap about 4:30 p.m. and found her motionless a little more than an hour later. The baby was taken to Pasco Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 7:12 p.m.


Principal Dunning applies for top job

Chris Dunning, principal of Paul R. Smith Middle School, has applied for Pinellas schools superintendent. Story, Page 2

Pasco deaths

Bartels, Norman F.

Chambers, Ellen

Conlen, Craig S.

Fusselman, Katherine "Kay"

Hernandez, Luis A.

LeBlanc, Sheldon J.

Little, Helen T.

MacAnn, Robert E.

Miele, Flora N.

Stearns, Imogene A.

Tirak, Julia

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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