A list of Desert Divas clients posted on Greg Patterson’s website is authentic – we got our own copy from the Phoenix Police Department late this afternoon.
It includes some notable names, including one matching prominent Arizona lobbyist Mike Williams.
That doesn’t mean Williams has committed any crime, nor does it mean the name on the list certainly belongs to Mike Williams the lobbyist. After all there were two Mike Williamses listed (one had a Chandler address), and there are more than 100 people in the Valley who share that name.
Yet the list we obtained, in Excel format, does include the name “Mike Williams,” along with the former address of Williams & Associates on Central. But nobody has prosecuted the lobbyist, and he denied using the services of the prostitution ring that was busted last year.
In fact, there were thousands of names listed on the spreadsheet released by the Phoenix police, including a “Charles Jensen.” There happens to be someone named Charles Jensen who is the founder of the GOP group “Politics on the Rocks” - the “Politics on the Rocks” Jensen has denied involvement as well.
Williams, the lobbyist, said this morning (Sept. 28) that he hadn’t heard of the list of alleged “johns” until he received a call from the Yellow Sheet. He then said the Mike Williams on the list wasn’t him.
His attorney, Mel McDonald, added via e-mail that it was factually impossible for lobbyist Mike Williams to have had contact with one of the Desert Divas on June 18, 2007, which is the date the document cites Williams allegedly had. McDonald noted that Williams was in Seattle with his family on that date.
Plus, both McDonald and the lobbyist Mike Williams pointed out that someone else simply could have used Williams’ name and business address.
The whole thing started last year when the police busted Desert Divas and then released the original list of names without any other identifying material, which is really a bad deal for people who share a name with someone on the list. When the list of names was first released, the police should have included enough information to exonerate innocents with the same name. The addresses of the clients. Dates of contact with the Desert Divas. Something. Anything.
But then things heated up on Sept. 24 when Patterson posted the police spreadsheet, this time one that included addresses and other material, on his website, EspressoPundit.com. Patterson said he received it with the help of Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
During the weekend, word of the appearance of the name Mike Williams was working its way through the Capitol community. Another blogger, Ted Prezelski of rumromanismrebellion.net, pointed out that the name Mike Williams was on the list.
Those reports prompted Yellow Sheet to start digging frantically to obtain the spreadsheet directly from the police to verify whether what Patterson had posted was authentic. After spending all morning and afternoon arguing for release of the public record, it was handed over in CD format at about 4 p.m.
Yellow Sheet posted a story shortly thereafter, including the spreadsheet list and full interviews with Jensen and Williams. To read the full scoop go to http://www.yellowsheetreport.com/home.htm/page/login.loginSecureWrapper
As for Charles Jensen, of “Politics on the Rocks,” he told Yellow Sheet that he never used the Desert Divas service and said he will eventually be exonerated. “It is 100% false,” he said.
Jensen said he, too, was out of state when the alleged incident had occurred and that he has the documentation to prove it.
Still, Jensen’s group is taking a hit; State Treasurer Dean Martin was scheduled to speak at one of the “Politics on the Rock” events, but he cancelled when word spread that the name Charles Jensen was on the police spreadsheet.