- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007


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 — a case that Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter says might lead to charges against the brothel’s upscale clients.

Mr. Porter said Monday that 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.

Additional arrests are expected, Mr. 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, Mr. 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,” Mr. Porter said.

The prosecutor said the brothel’s customers included doctors, lawyers and businessmen, but none has been named publicly.

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

Miss Taylor — a 1985 Penthouse centerfold who used the name Melissa Wolf professionally — 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 Miss Taylor’s red-brick mansion last week and said they found 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.

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.

Miss Taylor, 42, and her reputed business partner Miss Probert, 30, face charges of prostitution, racketeering and conspiracy to possess cocaine.

Miss Probert’s attorney, David Fuller, has denied that his client was involved in prostitution.

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