Tampa Bay briefs

Briefs and news of note

By Times Staff
Published September 13, 2006

Sheriff, attorney banned from talk on disappearance

TAMPA - Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee and attorney Barry Cohen can't chat in private anymore about the disappearance of 5-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg. The sheriff's attorneys argued Tuesday that it wasn't proper for them to be left out of such conversations, given that Gee is a defendant in Cohen's lawsuit against the agency for its handling of the case. Circuit Judge Claudia Isom agreed that the suit and criminal investigation are "inextricably intertwined." Her order: Cohen must stop contacting Gee personally on Aisenberg matters but is allowed to share tips on the criminal case with an investigator designated by the Sheriff's Office.

Man gets nearly three years in prostitution case

TAMPA - A Tampa man was sentenced to 33 months in prison Tuesday for his role in a prostitution conspiracy.

Mario Castillo, 56, was one of 11 people indicted in June 2005 in connection with charges of running houses of prostitution that catered to mainly to migrant farmworker clients.

According to the indictment, the houses were located in Lakeland, Wahneta, Dover and Tampa.

Most of the women working at the homes were Hispanic, and many were illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In addition to Castillo, seven others have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and have been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.