Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Escort and 'John' arrested for prostitution; Did police go too far?

2/27/08 -- OKC, OK - Police burst in on a man and woman engaged in sex inside a hotel room, both are arrested for prostitution, the man with multiple drug complaints, but did police trash civil rights to get an arrest?

According to the official police report, two police officers were at the Value Place Inn on the I-44 service road, "investigating a separate incident."

Bobby Charles McGinnis, 32, was observed by police to enter the lobby with a woman. McGinnis asked the front desk clerk for a replacement key to his room and he and the woman made their way to the elevators.

Allegedly, an employee of the inn overheard the woman say to McGinnis, "How many students are staying at the hotel? ... I have several girlfriends that could come over and entertain them if you want. ... Let your friends know about my friends."

McGinnis reportedly works for the Oklahoma College of Construction. He and several students were assumedly staying at the inn.

The employee that had overheard McGinnis and the woman's conversation returned to the lobby and told the two police officers she believed the two were engaged in prostitution and that she wanted them off the property.

The officers and a hotel employee went to McGinnis' room to "investigate the incident."

Reportedly, after standing outside the hotel room and hearing "noises of a sexual nature" the officers used a hotel master key and opened the room door unannounced. Police "observed a male and female engaging in sexual intercourse. Both subjects were placed under arrest."

What was said by McGinnis and the woman to the arresting officers has been redacted by police headquarters.

At some point police found marijuana, methamphetamine, a brass smoking pipe and rolling papers - all allegedly belonging to McGinnis.

The woman was found to have several escort service business cards on her.

McGinnis and the woman were booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a prostitution complaint. McGinnis also faces multiple drug charges.

EDITORIAL NOTE: If the police report is complete and accurate, has to question the probable cause used to open McGinnis' hotel room and subsequently arrest the occupants, charge them with prostitution and search the room.

How is it that a 3rd party overhearing a conversation (one that did not mention payment or sex) can result in police breaching a person's reasonable expectation of privacy and conducting a warrantless no-knock search? understands the property belonged to the hotel, but imagines any criminal defense or civil rights attorney is going to have a hayday with this case.

On another side note, the woman in this story is not unknown to She drives a white luxury car, registered in her name, and has been videotaped numerous times in the company of several other prostitutes soliciting on South Robinson Ave. in South Oklahoma City - this, even though she is currently forbidden to be on South Robinson as part of her previous deferred sentence for a prostitution conviction.

At this time, neither she nor McGinnis has been officially charged with a crime in relation to this arrest.

LESSON LEARNED: Do not take the wife to Value Place Hotel and do any prostitution role playing to spark up the marriage! Also, this may be why hotel room doors have deadbolt locks or at least those chain locks.

Two out-of-towners nabbed in Vice sting; One a former city council candidate from Arkansas

2/27/08 -- OKC, OK - Last week two men visiting Oklahoma City from outside the state were arrested for soliciting prostitution.

According to the Oklahoma County jail blotter one man was from Utah and the other from Arkansas.

Last Thursday Mark Skinner Durtschi, 43 (see photo left), of Syracuse, Utah reportedly made contact with a female undercover police officer posing as an escort.

According to the official police report, the undercover officer showed up at Durtschi's hotel room on South Meridian Ave. There, Durtschi allegedly asked for "specific sexual contact in exchange for $160.00."

Durtschi was placed under arrest and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of offering to engage in an act of prostitution. Durtschi was released on a $500 bond.

There was no indication as to why Durtschi was in town. He listed himself as "self employed."

Last Wednesday Robert Russell Prochazka, 47 (see photo right), of Russellville, Arkansas reportedly contacted another female undercover police officer posing as an escort.

Reportedly, when the female officer arrived at his hotel on South Meridian, Prochazka "asked for specific sexual contact in exchange for $100.00."

Prochazka was placed under arrest and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of offering to engage in an act of prostitution. He was released on a $500 bond.

A search of news articles in the Russellville area indicate Prochazka is no stranger to residents there.

In 2002, the Russellville Courier reported that Prochazka ran for Ward 1, Position 1, in the city council. He was defeated by the incumbent.

Also in 2002, Prochazka was reportedly arrested after North Little Rock authorities issued a warrant, indicating that he allegedly assaulted a Morrilton woman, Christie Scroggin, during a concert at Alltel Arena. Prochazka was later found 'not guilty.' In response, Prochazka filed a lawsuit against his accuser.

In 2003, another article reported that Prochazka filed a formal complaint against the police chief of Russellville after he said he was illegally stopped at the chief's direction after speaking publicly at a City Council meeting. A later article indicated the police chief had not violated the law.

Prochazka is listed as the owner of Promotor Sports, Inc. out of Russellville. When originally published Prochazka's arrest, we linked to a photo of him on his company's website. Within 24-hours the photo was removed from his website. [see the link before - and see the link after]

According to police reports, audio recordings of the alleged crimes by both men have been booked into evidence.

At the time of this story, neither man has been officially charged with any crime related to the alleged solicitation of prostitution.

JohnTV will be following these arrests and will update you on any changes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Police arrest 10 overnight in prostitution sting

2/19/08 -- OKC, OK - 10 individuals were arrested last night in the metro on prostitution related complaints.

According to the Oklahoma County jail blotter, four men and six women were arrested overnight and booked into the Oklahoma County jail for 'offering to engage in an act of lewdness/prostitution.'

The men arrested included;

  1. Walter Stephen Shields White male DOB: 3/30/72 (35) Resides: 3000 block of NW 24th, OKC, OK Charge: Offering to engage.

  2. Edgar Mandez Hispanic male DOB: 6/23/84 (23) Resides: 2600 block of SW 63rd Pl, OKC, OK Charge: Offering to engage.

  3. Richard Lewis Mackey White male DOB: 4/15/70 (37) Resides: 3500 block of N. Shannon Ave., Bethany, OK Charge: Offering to engage.

  4. Lucio Munoz Gutierrez Hispanic Male DOB: 12/13/83 (24) Resides: 3400 block of SW 22nd, OKC, OK Charge: Offering to engage.

No other information about the arrests or where they took place had been released when this story was published. However, was on South Robinson Ave. yesterday afternoon and witnessed several signs of Oklahoma City vice's presence in the area.

More information to be released as it becomes available.

Monday, February 11, 2008

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! Edmond deacon blind pleas to child porn charges; Records show previous sex crimes

2/11/08 (updated 2/22/08) -- OKC, OK - UPDATE: This past Monday, (2/20/08) Fly was sentenced to 6-years in prison, followed by 20-years of probation as a sex offender. Fly will have to serve at least 5-years before being elligible for early release.

A former Edmond Church of Christ deacon enters a 'blind plea of guilty' to charges he covertly taped his teen daughter's friends nude in his home. Court records show the defendant had a prior conviction.

As previously reported on, Jason Adam Fly, 46, was arrested and charged with 7 felony counts after police met with the parents of several teenage girls that had stayed overnight at the Fly home.

The girls were friends of Fly's teen daughter - the youngest just 13-years old.

During the investigation it was learned that Fly had placed a hidden camera in his daughter's bedroom and bathroom.

The cameras were discovered in December of 2005 when one of the victims saw images of another semi-nude teen on Fly's computer in his bedroom.

According to court records, Fly's daughter confronted Fly and demanded to know why her bedroom and bathroom were being videotaped. Fly reportedly tried to cover up the computer screen and replied the cameras were because his teenage son has a habit of sneaking out of the house (no cameras or video images were ever found in the son's room).

When police searched Fly's home they reportedly found over 400 images of "females in different stages of undress. All of the females appear[ed] to be under 18." At least 24 of those images were of a nude 13-year old friend of Fly's daughter.

Fly was charged with 7 felonies in August of 2006. Those charges included; Using electronic equipment in a clandestine manner, possession of child pornography, procuring a minor to be used in images depicting sexual activity, and manufacturing child pornography.

During the preliminary hearing, Fly's attorney tried to argue that the nude images of the teenage girls were not pornography because they were not sexual in nature and that Fly had a right to use covert video equipment to spy on his own children in his own house.

Fly was bound over for trial. That trial was to begin January 28.

In December, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater's office filed a motion of "intent to offer evidence of other crimes, wrongs or acts of sexual misconduct."

Specifically, the fact that Fly had been convicted in 1994 in Taylor County, TX for indecent exposure.

Facing an insurmountable amount of evidence against him, Fly reached an agreement with prosecutors. While the details of the agreement have yet to be made public, it appears the state will ask the judge to sentence Fly to 10-years in prison, followed by 10-years probation, in exchange for a blind plea of guilty. surmises this was done to protect the young victims from having to testify in open court.

Fly will be sentenced February 20, 2008.