Head of Desert Divas prostitution ring pleads guilty

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PHOENIX - New details in the Desert Divas case.


Many involved in prostitution ring plead guilty

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The County Attorney's office announce that they head of the prostitution ring, Paul Nichta, has plead guilty to a variety of charges.

Police charge that Nichta was head of the umbrella organization that was providing prostitutes through numerous websites with titles such as "Desert Divas", "Az Confidential", "Hips Tours", and "Escorts in Action".

Nichta faces two-and-a-half years in prison when he is sentenced on June 25.

Five other people involved in the ring also plead guilty. Those include accountant Peter Shifman, Manager Scotts Eder, Manager Shelia Bucalo, Manager Sean Carter, part Owner and Photographer Adam Beech and Investor and VIP customer Dr. Ross Levatter.

VIP customers Louis Stirling and William Ferretti also plead guilty to attempted pandering.

The investigation is still underway and additional charges are possible.

According to the County Attorney's office later developments in the case against Nichta led to the arrest of David Elms, the operator of the Erotic Review website. Elms is accused of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in a case not related to the Desert Divas investigation. There is a warrant out for Elm's arrest. He fled after posting $150,000 bond.

The prostitution ring was busted back in August of 2008.