Vollmer arrested in Florida prostitution sting operation

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The Lee County Sheriff's Office in Bonita Springs, Fla. reports that John Joseph Vollmer, 64, of St. Marys, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. on Feb. 23 and charged with the solicitation of prostitution. According to police, on Feb. 23 the Lee County Sheriff's Office Narcotics/Vice unit conducted a vice operation in the area of Bonita Springs, Fla. The focus of the operation was to make contact with females offering sexual services on the internet. In addition, the unit also focused on the males soliciting females from these internet web sites. At approximately 4 p.m., an undercover detective received a phone call from a male who identified himself as "Tom" and booked an appointment for sex all night long for $1,000. At approximately 7:35 p.m., the undercover detective received a knock at the door at 8951 Bonita Beach Rd. in Bonita Springs by a white male who identified himself as "Tom." "Tom" was later identified as John Joseph Vollmer. According to police records, Vollmer entered the room and made contact with the undercover detective. Vollmer had a grocery bag and removed a Sprite soda and handed it to the undercover detective. He then sat down on the bed and handed the undercover detective $200 in cash for straight sex. Vollmer then opened up the grocery bag and handed the undercover detective several items that were sexual in nature. The undercover detective then provided the narcotics unit with the pre-arranged takedown signal. Members of the narcotics unit then entered the room, taking Vollmer into custody. Information obtained on the Lee County Sheriff's Office website indicates that Vollmer was officially booked on one count of procure for prostitute-solicit another for lewdness assignt first offense, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released at 3:09 a.m. on Feb. 24 on surety bond. Vollmer is scheduled to appear in the Lee County Court before Judge John E. Duryea Jr. at 8 a.m. on March 15.