Sheriff's Office gives phone sex number to sex assault victims

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   March 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM   |   0 comments

March 29 (UPI) -- The phone sex number was mistakenly listed as a hotline for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Lake County, Florida. The flyers were distributed by the Sheriff's Office to crime victims for years, according to WFTV.

A victim of domestic violence called the number on the flyer, only to hear a sultry voice on the other end of the line. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys, free, press 1 now," the message said.

Kelly Smallridge, director of Haven, an organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, only found out about the flyers after a victim reported it.

The Sheriff's Office said they didn't know how the number ended up there. "We hate it that a number on our paperwork wasn't going to the proper service, but we printed what we were given," said a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

An investigation found that a Google search for the phone number plus the word Haven returned a listing that associated the phone number with a former Haven address. The address next to the phone number is for the former rape crisis center that Haven now operates. Smallridge said that address has not been used in about 20 years.

The Sheriff's Office has now printed new flyers with the number for the sex hotline removed.

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