Houston couple charged in prostitution case

Associated Press – March 18, 2009 4:45 PM ET

HOUSTON (AP) – A woman dubbed the “Heidi Fleiss of Houston” and her husband face allegations of running a sophisticated prostitution ring.

Debbie Turbiville and Charles Turbiville are free on $5,000 bond each.

Their arrest came about a year and a-half after a suspected prostitute disclosed to police her involvement in a Houston escort service that operated through Web sites.

The Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV report the couple’s client list includes pro athletes, doctors and lawyers. The names haven’t been disclosed.

An attorney for the Turbivilles — Joe Owmby — says his clients are presumed innocent. Owmby also told The Eagle in Bryan-College Station that he couldn’t address any of the allegations.

Charles Turbiville grew up in College Station, where his father is a radio personality.

Charles Turbiville and his wife — who have two children — and two alleged prostitutes were arrested last week in Houston and charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution.

Conviction carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Fleiss gained notoriety more than a decade ago as a Hollywood madam. She later went to prison.

Link to original on KXXV TV

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