He emphatically denies witnessing any illegal activity and that the girls would simply come over to serve drinks or deal cards. Other documents and statements in the investigation later show this claim to be untrue.
Authorities said Gillespie would post showcasing the victims, some of whom lived at his home, on an escort website called SkipTheGames.
About the Author:. Local News. His connection to the alleged crimes was not immediately released.
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Officials said John Gillespie, 71, operated the human trafficking ring out of his Melbourne home and victimized girls as young as When the arrest was made Saturday, records show an undercover officer was posing as a teenage girl. Brevard County.
Adrienne ed News 6's digital team in October to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. Agents from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation said they estimate based on witness testimony that Gillespie could have been committing these types of crimes for the past 20 years. Tags: Crime.
Attorneys swear an oath to maintain respect and to abstain from all offensive personality. Gillespie is facing charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and human trafficking of a minor.
Adrienne Cutway. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel. Officials said a co-conspirator, Mark Featherman, has been arrested on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Adrienne CutwayWeb Editor. Central Florida attorney accused of trafficking teen girls from his Melbourne home Prosecutors: Victims were told them needed to pay off legal fees, rent.
News 6 Evening. He forced them to stay involved in the trafficking ring by telling them they owed him legal fees or rent for living at his home and by providing them with drugs before or after they met with the men through therecords show.
Adrienne Cutway Adrienne ed News 6's digital team in October to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. Published: April 20, pm Updated: April 22, am.