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Georgia brothel case to be presented to grand jury

ATLANTA — Prosecutors plan to go to a grand jury with their case against two women accused of running a brothel out of a mansion in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, and they continue to compile a list of the suspects’ alleged customers.
    Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Monday he will seek indictments against former Penthouse centerfold Lisa Ann Taylor and her co-defendant, Nicole A. Probert, 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. 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 who are 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 their Web site to offer their services during visits to Boston, New York, Chicago and suburban Milwaukee.
    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 their 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. It is in a gated neighborhood, about 20 miles from Atlanta, whose current or former residents include Atlanta celebrities, sports figures and business executives.
    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. Porter said he does not know if Taylor, a 1985 Penthouse centerfold who used the name Melissa Wolf professionally, has an attorney yet.

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