Authorities say the photographer shot a sexual video of a 17-year-old girl. When her parents found out, they called police.
By TAMARA LUSH, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 6, 2002
TAMPA -- On Saturday night, a 33-year-old man with a camera approached a 17-year-old girl in Ybor City, police said, and offered to pay her $50 to pose nude.
The girl not only agreed to the photos, but also allowed the man to videotape her and another woman having sex at the man's house, authorities said.
A day or two later, the girl's parents found out about the video and the photos, police said. Their angry calls to police led to the arrests of the videographer and a Tampa attorney.
The girl's mother called the videographer, Gregory Jack Dillon, and told him that her daughter was 17, said Tampa Police spokesman Joe Durkin.
Dillon, who works for Dream Girls, an adult film production company on Waters Avenue in Tampa, told the girl's mother that he didn't know the girl was underage. The company tried to get the parents to sign a release and then give the video of the girl to the parents, but the parents told the company that they were calling police, Durkin said.
On Tuesday, Domenic Massari III, the lawyer representing Dream Girls, called the parents and arranged a meeting for Wednesday, Durkin said.
Wednesday morning, an undercover Tampa police officer posing as the victim's mother met with Massari, who offered to destroy the tape if the woman signed a release, Durkin said.
Massari, 49, was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual performance by a child, reports said.
"(The tape) is felony contraband," Durkin said. "Why wouldn't you turn that over to police?"
Massari posted $10,000 bond and was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on Wednesday. Dillon is still being held on $12,500 bail; he was arrested Wednesday on charges of using a child in a sexual performance and promotion of a sexual performance by a child, authorities said.
Massari's lawyer, Jack Fernandez, called the arrest "outrageous" and said he hopes the State Attorney's Office chooses not to file charges.
"He never looked at the tape," Fernandez said. "It's the most hyper-technical possession you can imagine. This is going to destroy the guy's reputation on an absolutely outrageous charge."
In October 2001, a judge recommended that Massari be disbarred for five years. He was accused by the Florida Bar of stealing $30,000 from a client, forging documents to gain money and then covering up the fraud.
That case is pending on appeal, Fernandez said.