for immediate release
May 1, 2003

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A Crestview man has been arrested as the result of an ongoing investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office into a local escort service called Pleasuregirls.

Russell Thomas Neal, age 46 (07-14-1956), of 3284 Fairview Avenue in Crestview, was arrested last evening (Wednesday) and charged with the following:

Neal employed at least seven females for his escort service, one of which was under the age of 18. Investigators served two separate search warrants, one at Neal's home in Crestview, and one at the "in call" apartment, 225 Wright Parkway, Unit 8 in Fort Walton Beach. Investigators discovered that Neal had maintained the apartment for his employees to use for "in call" liaisons and as a photography studio. Among the evidence recovered were compact discs for sale containing photographs of nude females engaging in various sexual acts, videotapes and photography equipment.

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for more information contact Nicole Wagner, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

(850) 609-3028

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