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Polk County prostitution sting nabs 25 from Tampa Bay area

Charles Kinsey

Charles Kinsey, 43

Terra Webb

Terra Webb, 30

Twenty-five people from the Tampa Bay area were among 80 people arrested over the last several days in a Polk County prostitution sting.

Polk sheriff's office detectives answered and placed ads on internet websites such as Backpage.com to set up the sting. Detectives arrested 24 men who were soliciting, 33 women who were committing prostitution, 13 people who were aiding or abetting prostitution and 10 others for drug and other charges.

Among the Tampa Bay area residents arrested were Terra Webb, 30, of St. Petersburg. Deputies said she brought a 3-month-old child to a planned sexual encounter with an undercover deputy. She was arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution and child neglect. A man who had come with her to Polk County, Charles Kinsey, 43, of Brandon, and was arrested on a child neglect charge, deputies said.

Deputies noted in a news release that they arrested St. Petersburg resident William Higbee, 54, on a charge of soliciting for prostitution after he set up a sexual rendezvous. Deputies said Higbee had with him a whip, shackles, leather collar, ball gag and a bottle of vodka.

Polk County prostitution sting nabs 25 from Tampa Bay area 12/16/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:05pm]
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