5 Indicted In DeKalb Prostitution Case

DECATUR, GA — Five people were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges that they ran a prostitution ring out of northern DeKalb County.

Samuel Leon Crenshaw and his wife, Darliene L. Crenshaw, are charged with one count of violating the organized-crime related racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO), as are George Moore, Tara Lee Gilleo and Giovene Burkhalter, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office.

Fifty-seven other men and women are charged with either prostitution, pandering or possession of cocaine in the 58-count indictment the grand jury returned. The group is accused of running a prostitution operation across the street from the Dunwoody Police Department at the Savannah at Park Place apartment complex.

According to the DA’s office, the Crenshaws ran the operation under the names "Gold Club" and "Lipstick and Shoes." In doing so, they rented apartments in DeKalb and Fulton counties and hired women to work as prostitutes, as well as other employees.

The prostitutes would give 40 percent of the money they earned to the Crenshaws, according to the DA’s office. The indictment charges that Moore helped run the business by recruiting women and setting up the apartments they used.

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He also bought supplies, including condoms, mouthwash, wet wipes toothbrushes and the like, for the apartments and threw away trash at the apartments to help conceal the activities there. He is accused of lying to Dunwoody Police and is also charged with pimping.

Gilleo and Burkhalter allegedly worked as call-takers for the operation. They screened customers, scheduled meetings with the prostitutes and gave customers directions to the apartments, according to the indictment.

The activities described in the indictments happened from February 2015 to August 2016. The defendants were arrested in December 2016 in a sting by the Dunwoody Police Department.

According to police, the investigation and resulting sting came after an anonymous tip that a sex-for-money operation was being run out of the Dunwoody apartments. Among those arrested was then-Gwinnett County prosecutor Christopher Quinn, who was charged with pandering in the case after allegedly being caught on camera having sex with a prostitute.

Quinn later resigned.

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