Prosititution Ring with Palm Harbor Ties Shut Down with Help from CCC-AIM

Law enforcement officials have accused eight people of being involved in an Internet prostitution ring based in Tampa and North Carolina.

Investigators from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and North Carolina said John Robert Hubard, of Tampa, and Eric Caldwell of Pfafftown, N.C., were owners of Private Pets Escort Service.

Caldwell was arrested Monday afternoon in North Carolina and detectives said Hubard was on the run and believed to be in Tennessee. They face prostitution and racketeering charges.
Hubard designed the Web site that advertised women for a rate of $300 per hour, said Chief Deputy James Coats of the Pinellas Sheriff's Office.
The women arrested were Michelle Germaine of Largo, Samantha Noland of Tampa, Spring Cook of Tampa, Michele Allen of Tampa and Amber Griffith of Tampa.
Teresa Jones of Palm Harbor (pictured at the left), described as a third owner of the business, was arrested on prostitution and racketeering charges.