Three advertising employees from Orlando Weekly, which is owned by Scranton-based Times Shamrock Communications, have been arrested after selling ads to undercover officers who said they wanted to promote their prostitution business.
Director of classified advertising Jarrell B. Martin, 43; line account executive Katherine Casey Miller, 27; and display account executive Christopher M. Whiting, 37, were taken into custody while representing the paper at a job fair. They have been charged with facilitating prostitution and benefiting from its proceeds.
Publisher Rick Shreiber told Editor & Publisher that the arrests were retaliation for the newspaper’s unfavorable coverage of the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation:
“We suspect that the MBI has targeted our company because we are the only newspaper in the area that has been critical of the MBI in a series of investigative articles over the past several years,” Schreiber said.
Lt. Paul Zambouros, head of the MBI’s vice and organized-crime squads, said the agency has video and audio recordings of each meeting.
“They violated the law and we charged them with it,” he said. “I hope the Orlando Weekly thrives and makes a billion dollars. I just want them to do it legally.”
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A number of masseuses and massage parlors cited for prostitution routinely advertise in local newspapers and on Craig’s list and myredbook.com, according to a recent story in the Marin Independent Journal.