Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

'Master Drew' gets probation in sex slave case

Andrew Michael Kobak, a.k.a. “Master Drew,” right, with his attorney, Denis deVlaming, struck a plea bargain and received three years’ probation Wednesday. Kobak, 35, was accused of enlisting a 19-year-old woman to be his sex slave.


Andrew Michael Kobak, a.k.a. “Master Drew,” right, with his attorney, Denis deVlaming, struck a plea bargain and received three years’ probation Wednesday. Kobak, 35, was accused of enlisting a 19-year-old woman to be his sex slave.

NEW PORT RICHEY — The e-mail was poorly written, sexually explicit and utterly disgusting.

In it, a 19-year-old woman shared her perverted fantasies with Andrew Michael Kobak, who was arrested last year for sexually enslaving her under "Master Drew's Slavery Contract." That agreement said she had to wake up at 7 a.m., make coffee, wear a collar and leash and submit to humiliation and the cane.

But there are some things not even "Master Drew" can stomach.

"You really need help," he responded to her explicit e-mail. "You are very sick for thinking I would want to do that."

That e-mail exchange was weeks after Kobak's arrest. He once faced up to 90 years in prison — but walked out of court a free man on Wednesday.

Kobak struck a plea bargain with the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office in which he received three years' probation.

So what happened to the state's case?

The state's perception of the woman changed. Once, prosecutors called her a victim.

They don't call her that anymore.

• • •

The woman, now 20, alleged in July 2007 that Kobak forced her to be his "sex slave" and perform sexual acts for other, paying men. Kobak was charged with 17 prostitution-related offenses.

At one time she was also a defendant, cited for misdemeanor prostitution. The State Attorney's Office later decided she was a victim and dropped the charge. But now the state won't even call her a reliable witness.

Her credibility began to erode, Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said, after she made an allegation of sexual abuse against a relative that she later admitted was false.

Nor could investigators find the men who she said paid Kobak to have sex with her.

At first she told investigators Kobak "manipulated" her into being his sex slave, Bartlett said. But now the state believes their relations were consensual.

Kobak's attorneys also found three witnesses who said the woman was not at the defendant's house on dates and times she accused him of abusing her.

And there's those sexually explicit e-mails she sent Kobak weeks after the bust.

"She said certain things to the police when she was arrested," said Kobak's attorney, Denis deVlaming, "and a lot of that information turned out to be incorrect, inaccurate or, quite frankly, fabricated."

But the woman told authorities she has been sexually abused and suffers from severe psychological problems. The St. Petersburg Times is withholding her identity because of these issues.

The state would only prosecute charges witnessed by others.

"Unfortunately, as is often the case in these bizarre sexual scenarios, you end up having (a witness) who has a great deal of baggage themselves," Bartlett said, "and then the next evaluation you have to make is, how is this going to appear to a jury?"

• • •

Kobak, 35, pleaded guilty Wednesday to deriving proceeds from prostitution, maintaining a place of prostitution and possession of marijuana.

The judge ordered that he have no access to a computer or the Internet, save for work. He cannot possess or view pornography. He cannot contact the woman. He must submit a DNA sample. He must continue counseling.

Now a traveling salesman living in Pennsylvania, Kobak cannot leave that state save for work.

Adjudication of guilt was withheld, sparing him from becoming a convicted felon.

Kobak left court without comment — but not before the judge put "Master Drew" in his place.

"I'd just like to say there's nothing masterful about being a pimp," Circuit Judge Jack Day told Kobak. "We have robbers, burglars, muggers, all kinds of gangsters come through here.

"But there's nothing more contemptible than a pimp."

Jamal Thalji can be reached at or (727) 869-6236.

'Master Drew' gets probation in sex slave case 07/16/08 [Last modified: Sunday, July 20, 2008 7:59am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes


    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]
  2. Florida Orchestra and Tampa Bay Master Chorale scrap search for a joint conductor


    TAMPA — After a yearlong effort, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Florida Orchestra have abandoned their search for a conductor capable of leading both groups.

    Doreen Rao conducts a concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in December 2010. Photo by Enid Bloch.
  3. New in theaters July 4 weekend: 'Despicable Me 3,' 'Baby Driver,' 'The House,' 'The Beguiled'


    OPENING Thursday:


    One of Hollywood's most successful animation franchises isn't about "me" anymore; it's about them.

    Gru (Steve Carell) squares off against Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) in Despicable Me 3.
  4. Uhurus cancel Baker protest


    Jesse Nevel's campaign had planned to stage an anti-Rick Baker protest outside the St. Petersburg Yacht Club this evening while Baker held a fundraiser inside.

    Now, that's not happening.

    Jesse Nevel's Uhuru-affiliated campaign postpones protest
  5. Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care


    ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial officer to drive the once high-flying Medicare insurer out of business.

    Federal agents raided the headquarters of Universal Health Care in 2013, ordering employees to leave the building. The insolvent St. Petersburg Medicare insurer was then in the process of being liquidated by state regulators.
[DIRK SHADD   |   Times file photo]