One Florida attorney is in need of some legal assistance himself.
Andrew Spark was arrested Sunday after allegedly exposing himself and asking for sexual favors from a female inmate at Pinellas County Jail, reports ABC Action News in Tampa Bay.
According to the arrest affidavit, Spark, who turns 55 on Tuesday, was charged with Soliciting for Prostitution, Exposure of Sexual Organs and Possession of Contraband in a County Detention Facility.
In a text to the station, Spark wrote: “Thank you for reaching out to me this way. I would like to provide more information a little later.”
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Records show the legal professional posted $5,300 bond for the three charges.
In a news conference Monday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that Spark, a former assistant attorney general, was using his legal status to meet with female inmates and paying them to have sex with him while he recorded it on his iPad. It is unclear whether these encounters were sold or are online.
As part of his privilege as an attorney, Spark was able to gain access to inmates in a private room where there are no surveillance cameras or electronic recording of any kind, said Gualtieri, who added that lawyers can bring in electronic devices such as a tablet or cellphone.
“We do extend [lawyers] that privilege so they can be efficient in their representation of their clients,” the sheriff said. “This is a guy who understood what the privileges were and decided he was going to exploit that and use it to his advantage.”
Through an undercover operation, investigators learned that Shanna Boselli, who was sentenced to 40 years in federal court on child pornography charges, had met Spark before her sentencing at a porn convention in Tampa. Their last contact was about a year ago when Spark asked her to make a porn video but they couldn’t agree on a price.
She’s been behind bars since June. Late last month, the sheriff said, Spark met with Boselli in private, even though he had never represented her.
“He really duped the system,” said Gualtieri. “He shouldn’t have had access to her.”
Boselli was surprised to see him and even more surprised when Spark told her he was making porn videos of inmates performing oral sex on him in exchange for a small amount of money in the inmate’s account for the commissary, where prisoners can buy stuff like a “candy bar.”
“We’re not talking big sums of money,” he said. “Thirty or 40 bucks.”
Sunday’s visit involved Antoinette Rose Napolitano, an incarcerated woman whom Spark met on backpage.com when she was posting prostitution ads about three years ago. Once he exposed himself to Napolitano in a pre-wired room, cops moved in and arrested him.
Police are in the process of investigating how many more inmates Spark propositioned. They are also in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the tablet.
“He said he wanted a lawyer,” said Gualtieri. “Go figure.”
Read the transcript of the conference here.