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Lee County Backpage sting nets 9 arrests

Lee County Backpage sting nets 9 arrests

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Aug 2, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A sting resulted in the arrest of nine men by undercover detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Vice, Narcotics and Intelligent Units.

Investigators set up an undercover sting operation on Thursday using the website backpage.com and other social media sites that solicit for prostitution.

LCSO says the reason for the operation was that more and more "johns" have been robbed by the women they chose to procure for sex.

Married men that solicit prostitutes are perfect candidates to rob because they don’t want their wives to find out. These men end up not wanting to tell law enforcement they were robbed and the crime goes unnoticed.

Six out of the nine men arrested are married and two men have wives that are pregnant.

These nine men were arrested for Procure for Prostitute - Solicit Another for Lewdness Assignment 1st Offense:

David Paul Bertoncini, DOB 05/14/74, of 4333 Bellavera Drive, Fort Myers

David William Brewer, DOB 08/27/73, of 16037 Delarosa Lane, Naples

John David Endres, DOB 03/02/60, of 780 17th Street, Naples

Freddy Lopez Espinoza, DOB 07/13/81, of 8521 Tamara Street, Bonita Springs

Jose Gonzalez, DOB 04/07/82, of 917 Canton Avenue, Lehigh Acres

Joseph Michael Melillo, DOB 09/20/80, of 812 Chesney Lane, Bel Air, MD

Nathan G. Miller, DOB 11/14/81, of 11018 Carrara Court #102, Bonita Springs

Manuel A. Porras, DOB 08/14/93, of 147 Leawood Circle, Naples

Julio Cesar Reyes, DOB 09/04/81, of 615 SE Van Loon Terrace, Cape Coral