Society

Java Juggs Bust: Investigation into Prostition Ring Uncovers Cop Tipping Off Bikini Baristas for Sex

0

Police in Everett, Wash., raided seven Java Juggs latte stands this week on suspicion that a prostitution ring was being run out the coffee huts. Java Juggs features baristas wearing bikinis and lingerie, as well as a stripper pole where they dance for customers. The bright pink huts are also apparently a front for prostitution.

To add insult to injury, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Darrell O’Neill, 58, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct because he allegedly tipped off Java Juggs employees about the impending raids in exchange for sexual favors.

Everett police arrested eight others in connection with the prostitution ring. A 22-year-old manager and six barastas ages 21 to 24 were taken into police custody.

The owner of the stands, Carmela Panico, 51, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to promote prostitution and permitting prostitution. Panico is the owner of several other coffee stands in the area, including Twin Peaks and the Hottest Coffee Around.

An investigation was launched into Java Juggs in October 2012, when police received complaints about lewd conduct at a Kent coffee stand, 20 miles south of Seattle, CNN reported. Back in 2011 Panico pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct when three of her stands were busted for prostitution.

Investigators set up surveillance cameras outside coffee stands and also used undercover officers to observe customer interaction at the stands. An undercover officer reported that one worker said she preferred working in the Everett store because she could be more “naughty.”

Investigators say O’Neill had sex with Panico and a Java Juggs employee inside a coffee stand while he was on duty and in full uniform, according to the Daily Mail. A video of the incident shows O’Neill kissing and hugging a barista, who told police he would text message Panico to warn her of raids.

Numerous phone calls between Panico and O'Neill as well as witnesses and video footage connect the cop to the scandal. O’Neill, a 30-year veteran of the department was placed on paid administrative leave and is the subject of an internal investigation. 

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail

0

Hot Galleries