- The Washington Times - Friday, January 5, 2007

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — For years, Lisa Ann Taylor’s neighbors suspected something was going on behind the doors of her white-columned, million-dollar mansion in one of suburban Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

Scantily clad women were seen posing for photos in the driveway. Cars and trucks came and went at all hours. And there were loud parties.

Despite repeated calls to police about the suspicious goings-on, there was no evidence of a crime. That is, until six weeks ago, when authorities were tipped off to a Web site showing Miss Taylor — a former Penthouse Pet of the Month — sprawled topless on an ottoman and brazenly advertising services ranging from $300 one-hour photo shoots to “dream dates” that included a one-hour “show.”

Police raided the 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 wallet.

Among the services offered was sex with the centerfold and other women for an entire weekend for $10,000, District Attorney Danny Porter said.

“Whatever was asked for had a price,” Mr. Porter said.

Miss Taylor, 42, and her business partner, 30-year-old Nicole A. Probert, were arrested on charges of prostitution, racketeering and conspiracy to possess cocaine. They were released from jail Thursday on $27,000 bail each.

The brothel’s customers included doctors, lawyers and businessmen, and they, too, could face charges, the district attorney said, in a warning that could make men jittery across Atlanta and beyond. Miss Taylor and her friends are accused of using their Web site to offer their services during visits to Boston, New York, Chicago and Milwaukee.

Miss Probert’s attorney David Fuller denied she was involved in prostitution. He said she is a successful real estate developer and a single mother who recently came into an inheritance and did not need money.

“This is just not her. This is a nightmare for her. She can’t believe this is happening,” Mr. Fuller 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.

Mr. Porter could not say for sure how long the illegal activity was going on, but neighbors have been complaining for at least three years.

Among other things, neighbors thought it was odd that all the basement windows were blacked out. They saw lots of modest-looking cars and trucks that appeared out of place in the well-to-do neighborhood. In addition, scantily clad women were seen in the windows of Miss Probert’s house in nearby Lawrenceville.

Miss Taylor — a 1985 Penthouse centerfold who used the name Melissa Wolf professionally — also held lavish Halloween parties, which were advertised in fliers distributed in the neighborhood and included fireworks, costumed characters, professional decorations and a haunted house for children. But some parents declared the house off-limits for trick-or-treating.

“The neighbors told us they wouldn’t let their kids go to the house because they were afraid of who might answer the door,” the district attorney said.

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