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12-160 Detectives Arrest Two Additional Suspects In Connection With A May Case Involving Procuring Juvenile Females For Prostitution (See Press Release #12-125 For Further Details)

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit
-Burglary and Pawn Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Strategic Enforcement Section S.E.S.

Mikki Lightsey (Pitts) (Arrested – She is an acquaintance of James Garrett Perdue. Purdue was arrested on May 24th 2012 See details in press release #12-125)
DOB: 11/30/1962
Address: 854 Illinois Avenue, Apartment A, Palm Harbor
Arrested for two-counts procuring a minor for prostitution

Michael Bowers (Arrested)
DOB: 06/15/1993
Address: At Pinellas County Jail on unrelated burglary charges
Arrest charges added: one-count procuring a minor for prostitution

What:
Detectives have arrested to additional suspects in connection with a case this past May in which the suspect engaged in procuring juvenile females under the age of 18 for prostitution.

Where:
The suspects were arrested in Palm Harbor.

When:
The suspects were arrested at bout 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Why/How:
During the course of the investigation into the previously arrested suspect James Garret Purdue, detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit obtained information that both 49-year-old Mikki Lightsey and 19-year-old Michael Bowers were involved in and took actions to help the victims, two girls under the age of 18, prostitute themselves. Deputies say the suspects assisted Purdue in the activities for which he was arrested (see release # 12-125)and that the victims were the same as the ones in his illicit activities.

According to detectives, Bowers took photos of the juvenile that were used in the online escort ads. He further provided security to the girls while they were engaged in their appointments.

Detective say Lightsey taught the girls how to best word the ads, suggested how much should be charged for their services, suggested locations/hotels that would be conducive to the prostitution, used her credit card to pay for the online ads, and allowed the juveniles to use her clothes and makeup for their appointments.

According to detectives, she also had an active ad on backpage.com in which she offered herself for escort services.

Bowers was arrested for one count procuring a minor for prostitution. Lightsey was arrested for two-counts procuring a minor for prostitution. 

The investigation continues.

Also duing the course of this investigation, detectives arrested Stephen Pitts DOB 1/06/1990 for grand theft and possession of a firearm with removed serial # – after their developed information that he had been involved in the theft of a firearm from Palm Harbor. Stephen is Mikki Lightsey son.

 Mikki Lightsey

Michael Bowers

Stephen Pitts

 

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