Outfielder mentioned in sex ring inquiry
By DONG-PHUONG NGUYEN
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Derek Bell, an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a King High School alumnus, paid a teenage stripper $1,500 for sex in October 1999 during a party on his boat in Key West, the woman told detectives. Documents from the interview were released Monday.
Jessica Cortes, now 20, detailed the encounter to Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives in March while they interviewed her about her role in the alleged prostitution ring.
Prosecutor Michael Sinacore said Bell is not being investigated because the alleged incident occurred out of his office's jurisdiction.
Bell could not be reached for comment.
According to investigators, Cortes was considered the "main girl" for local attorney David Russell Stahl, who is accused of having sex with children under 16 and making arrangements for young girls to have sex with other doctors and lawyers.
In the deposition, Cortes talked about how she and another stripper were picked up in a limousine and driven to Fort Lauderdale, where they boarded Bell's boat. Cortes was introduced to Bell by a friend, she told detectives.
The boat took them to Key West, where they were joined by a number of others. High on heroin, Cortes said, she had sex with Bell and he paid her in $100 bills.
She and her companion then caught a ride with one of Bell's friends back to Tampa, she said.
Sinacore said he hasn't decided if he will use Cortes' testimony, because she has a lengthy criminal history. He said his cases are being built around the statements of the victims.
The prosecution's evidence against the suspects is detailed in almost 1,800 pages of interviews and reports.
Sinacore is building a case against five men accused of paying for sex with girls ranging in age from 13 to 17. Most of the victims were exotic dancers at local clubs or runaways.
According to documents, the defendants and their roles are:
Stahl, a Tampa lawyer who documents say paid for sex with three young girls in his office and his Odessa home. Stahl, 58, would arrange meetings between other professionals and young girls, who heard about the ring through contacts, such as fellow strippers.
Shawn Robert Martin, Stahl's paralegal, who is alleged to have had sex with one of the girls. Martin, 25, kept a 13-year-old girl runaway in his Town 'N Country apartment for almost a month, had sex with her and took pornographic pictures of her, documents say, posted them on the Internet and He posted the pictures on a Web site and advertised her for sex.
Adonius Bailey, 23, of Tampa is alleged to have had sex with the same 13-year-old girl in Martin's case.
Lee Kadosa, 56, an orthopedic doctor with an office in Tampa. Kadosa is accused of paying to have sex with two teenage girls on numerous occasions at his office and his Carrollwood home. However, one of the charges was dropped because one of the victims fled a drug treatment facility and cannot be located.
John Eloian of Tampa, a retired osteopathic physician. Eloian, 68, is alleged to have had sex with a 14-year-old girl on numerous occasions. He was arrested but has not been formally charged.
Also, charges against another Tampa man, 41-year-old Jean Theagene, were dropped because the victim in his case is the same runaway in the Kadosa case.
Defense attorneys are continuing to interview witnesses.
- Staff Writer Dong-Phuong Nguyen can be reached at (813) 226-3403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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