Braves Hopeful Arrested In Prostitution Sting

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KISSIMMEE, Fla.,None - Atlanta Braves minor league player Deunte Heath is out on bond following his arrest Thursday night near the Braves spring training home in Kissimmee, Fla., Channel 2 Action Sports anchor Zach Klein confirmed.

Heath is facing prostitution charges after allegedly responding to an ad on a classifieds Web site. He was arrested during an undercover sting operation at a Kissimmee townhouse, according to WSB-TV's sister station, WFTV in Orlando.

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Undercover detectives with the Kissimmee Police Department used two popular Web sites to bust suspected prostitutes and Johns. Heath was in town trying out for the Atlanta Braves during spring training.

Authorities said the suspected prostitutes and Johns walked into a Kissimmee townhouse on Wednesday and Thursday, with no clue they had been set up by undercover detectives.

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Police used Craigslist.com and Backpage.com for the sting. In some cases, police responded to ads; for others, they posted their own fake ads online.

Police said the first person arrested was a woman who offered sex in exchange for cash. She is in the country illegally and could be deported, authorities said.

The next person was a married man.

Then Heath was arrested and authorities said he responded to an ad online and agreed to pay $75 for sex.

"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 told WFTV.

A total of nine people were arrested during the two-day sting.

Heath appeared in seven games for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves last season. He grew up in Atlanta and played baseball at Newton High School. Heath was selected by the Braves in the 19th round of the 2006 draft.

In a statement e-mailed to Channel 2 Action News, Braves Director of Player Development Kurt Kemp announced that the organization has indefinitely suspended Heath.


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