Dirty D Arrested in Fla., Posts $200,000 Bond
He was arrested at Tampa International Airport after arriving on an international flight, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Calloway.
St. Petersburg, Fla., attorney A.J. Comparetto told XBIZ that Dirty D will be represented by a team of four attorneys in the case. The names of the attorneys, besides Comparetto, weren't revealed at post time.
"This case is super-huge for the adult entertainment industry; it's a mini-Tracy Lords case," said Comparetto, who noted that Florida authorities seized terabytes of video from Dirty D's office and could possibly charge him with additional counts. "They've got years of his content."
Florida authorities are charging Dirty D with two counts of the promotion of a sexual performance of a child and two counts of the use of a child in a sexual performance. Each of the counts require a $50,000 bond for release.
Prosecutors, however, declined to charge Dirty D with one count of illegal computer pornography, which refers to the streaming of underage content, that was originally listed on his arrest warrant.
Dirty D several weeks ago told XBIZ in an interview that the claims made by a woman who says she was underage at the time of a Tampa Bay porn shoot in August 2007 are false.
He made that statement after XBIZ contacted him in Barcelona, where he just finished attending the Barcelona Summit.
Dirty D said that the woman, who goes by the porn pseudonym Kelsey Cummings, among others, apparently used a fake ID for productions that involved a sea of men in a gloryhole shoot and a solo scene at a home.
Police already have charged two of Dirty D's employees — Shawn Chastain and Ryan Jay Holtz — with two counts each of promoting a sexual performance by a child. Both have been released on $20,000 bail.
The woman, according to police reports, said Chastain, Holtz and Dirty D all were aware that she was under 18.
Dirty D denied the allegations by the woman, saying that her statements are "completely false and inflammatory."
Dirty D operates GloryHoleGirlz.com, GhettoConfessions.com, RealOrgasmVideos.com, GangBangHood.com and AlmostFemale.com, and produces and distributes related DVDs. He also owns affiliate program HowIGotRich.com.
Police were tipped to the case when they received a mailed letter that included photos of the woman in the act of fellatio on the site GloryHolesGirlz.com.
Police served warrants and seized much of his Tampa Bay-based business operations and took cash, videos and 10 terabytes of data, Dirty D said.