Fort Wayne Woman Arrested For Running Prostitution Service

By Laura Donaldson
By John W. Davis
By Brien McElhatten

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The owner of two Fort Wayne escort services was arrested Tuesday for promoting prostitution.

Police arrested Kirstin Cook, 42, in her apartment at 5419 Old Dover Blvd. around 11:00 a.m.

Officials with Canterbury Green's parent company AIMCO say the eviction process is now underway.

Investigators say Cook ran her two escort companies, Discreetly Yours Escort Services and American Showgirls Escort Services, out of her Canterbury Green apartment and employed her daughter at her two businesses.

Police say Cook would book escorts for sex acts.

While talking with an undercover officer Cook gave a “menu” of the type of girls that she had available for dates.

While issuing the search warrant, detectives seized cash, credit card receipts, and bank records.

The investigation may never have taken place, if not for managers at the apartment complex who called police after receiving an anonymous tip.

Cook has two prior convictions for prostitution. Those were midemeanors, which is likely why they failed to show up on a background check apartment managers conducted when Cook moved in last winter.

Cook's daughter has not been charged at this time.

Cook also goes by the name Kirstin Gillenwater.

Residents at Canterbury Green say they are shocked.

"Wow. I guess it was just way up under the radar," Neighbor Allen Cann said.

"It scares me a little cause I don't know who really lives here. I wouldn't assume that would be happening here," said Neighbor Stephanie Johnson who lives in the same building as Kirstin Cook.

"It's our building and it makes us feel a little less safe, a little less like the neighborhood is the way we would like it to be," Andrew Yeager.

Apartments are not required to run background checks on potential tenents, but most do says Beth Wyatt of the Apartment Association of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana.

"Most apartment complexes screen potential residents in three areas. First being credit history information, secondly previous rental history and thirdly being criminal history information."

A spokesperson with AIMCO tells Indiana's NewsCenter that Cook's two previous prostitution convictions did not show up on their background check. While they are reviewing the screening process, it's likely no red flags were raised because the two previous convictions were misdemeanors, which do not show up on most checks.

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