KISSIMMEE, FL — A 24-year-old Atlanta Braves baseball player will face a judge Friday morning in Osceola County after his arrest on prostitution charges. Investigators say minor league pitcher Deunte Heath responded to an online classifieds ad and agreed to pay $75 for sex.
Undercover detectives in Kissimmee used Craigslist.com and Backdoor.com to lure suspected prostitutes and Johns to a local townhome on Wednesday and Thursday. In some cases officers responded to online sex ads while they also posted fake classifieds ads of their own.
Police say the first person arrested was a woman who offered sex for cash. She is in the country illegally and could face deportation. The next person was a married man. Heath was the third suspect arrested.
Heath has been in Central Florida with the Braves organization for spring training since February attempting to make the major league club. “You’ll get anybody from obviously a baseball player to business man, somebody who is here on a business trip looking for some, a little action,” Stacie Miller with the Kissimmee Police Department said.
A right handed pitcher, Heath appeared in seven games for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves in 2009. He grew up in Atlanta and was selected by the Braves in the 19th round of the 2006 draft.
A total of nine people were arrested during the two-day sting.