(9:00 PM Male Prostitution Stings) West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Special Problems Unit - Deputy Aldo Iturriaga says you know why we are all out here. The city, the gay and business community asked them to come out to arrest hustlers because of the crimes associated with them. They'll only make right turns and the signal is to put the blinker on. They are going to do it different then before by using a limo. Inside the signal will be to pick up the phone and say, "Let's go to the hotel". Deputy Jim Campbell says to give him time to play the guys as he'll have to string them along longer than normal. Aldo says once you do the passby turn your radio off and say, "You are going to try to go for it". They have to stay off Santa Monica and use Fountain until they get something to do it that way. (9:30 PM) Justin walks up asks what's going on. He says he's a man of the world, would you like to see a lot of it and get in. He does and says he's from Sicily. Jim says he comes and goes as he feels as they go on Detroit. He says he's a working man, charges $60 and can get anything he wants for that. Jim asks what he likes. Justin likes BJs and giving it in the ass. He asks if he likes hotels, motels or the back seat of the car. He says this is good. Jim says he'll call his driver and they stop, run out and bust him. Justin asks doesn't he have to have money to be busted? The second guy is a young Hispanic who asks Jim if he's a cop. Jim says does this look like a cop car. He asks to prove it. How can he prove it? Let him in. He goes to kiss Jim and he freaks out and the hustler knows he is a cop. He tries to get out Jim asks is that a game you lay, he's a man who moves a lot of money, he doesn't give kisses, he's bewildered by it. Do you usually do that, jumping in the car looking for a kiss? Does he always do that? No. He says he looks for something quick, not kissing. He says he finds him attractive. Jim says he hoped he would. He asks about a price and the guy says he's not interested and gets out. Jim says to send any of his friends over that might be. Then he says this guy is good. (11:38 PM) A guy walks up and gets in. he says he's Steve and shakes his hand. Jim says he wants to get to the nitty gritty, time is money, you've got places to go and things. What are you hustling for? He says he gets different amounts like $50. Jim says what does he get for that. Then a guy comes over to the car and asks if anyone famous is in there. Jim says one at a time. The guy says he likes to give BJs and he doesn't have a hotel to go to. They go north on Orange to Lexiginton. Jim asks about him. He says he's 20 and from Ohio. He wanted to come out and get into acting, but he got strung out on drugs. He wants to save up for AA to get off drugs. Then he'll have his pictures done and get an agent. They pull him out and Aldo says Fred Hennicker says they busted him before. Jim wants the guy who went to kiss him (11:52 PM) Eric D'Angelo gets in dressed in drag. He is from Mexico and tired of it. He keeps talking, then cops bust him and he just stares. Jim says he's probably a guy. He says he has nothing on him, no weapons, no ID. Do you have a penis? Yes. (12:15 AM) An old guy gets in, says his name is Snake. Jim thinks he's Steve. He asks his first name and he says Clint. He asks if Jim is heat. He says does it look like it. He says they try anything. Jim asks what's on the menu. He says for $50 he'll do anything but S&M. Jim says anything for $50. Then he picks up the phone and says it's not a good spot. The cops bust him and say he has coke on him, they know him, he's Earl Jackson, he was just released from jail an hour ago after doing 6 months. They laugh at him and tell him to pick another line of work, he's not good at this. It's the 14th time he's been busted for it. Will he get a bullet, a year this time? It doesn't matter, as soon as he gets out he'll be back doing it again. Beverly Hills Municipal Court (9:05 AM Two Weeks Later) Deputy Jim Campbell is called to speak in the case against Earl. His job is for West Hollywood Sheriff's Department, been there 24 years. On 10/21/89 he was working a project for male hustlers. What does that mean? Deputy District Attorney Lisa Hart questions him. She asks what that mean. He says he picks up makes for sex. She asks if he was plain clothes, in a limo. Sgt. Powell was the driver. He picked him up on the corner. He asked him what is he doing and asked to get in. He moved over, didn't come in and came around the other side and he told him he surprised him. He asked if he was out hustling, he's a businessman. He charges $50 and will do whatever you want. Chief Medical Officer John H. Clark gets up next. He's from the LA County sheriff's dept. They ask him about drawing blood for HIV analysis. He says Mr. Tribble is HIV+. Public Defender Michael Masterson asks if the test can be assumed from the results alone that the patient has AIDS. He says that is correct. Can he assume from the Smith Klein test that he will get AIDS. He can say for certain, but everything they know says it is a great chance he will get full blown AIDS. Det. Brown is next up. He first saw him in the West Hollywood jail and interviewed him there. Did AIDS come up? He initiated it. He told him what happened on the arrest and he asked him if he had AIDS. He said he knew 6 weeks ago he had AIDS. He asked him why he was still soliciting if he knew this. He doesn't care about anyone else and hopes they will all get it. As a result of the preliminary hearing the suspect was charged with felony prostitution. The case was later dismissed by a superior court on a technicality.
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