At 6:30 p.m., on the east side of the main house, "in plain view there were several computers and monitors," the police report states. "Some were on, displaying nude pictures of girls conducting sexual acts." Tundidor clicked on one of the computer files. A video of L.G. — the 17-year-old whom cops had found sleeping upstairs — began to play.

L.G. told officers that Hugo had "instructed her to have sex with another female on the stairs of the house" while his cameraman taped, according to the search warrant. Later, he told her she was pretty and asked her to move in.

Five hours later, the computer programmer, Mark Alan Kiessling, returned home. He claimed to be designing a website for Hugo but wouldn't give detectives permission to search the guest house. So Tundidor "secured the perimeter" and "camped out in the driveway overnight, typing up a search warrant." Cops then recorded names, phone numbers, and credit card information of clients, and copied the women's IDs.

Detectives soon took prostitutes to Starbucks and pressed them for dirt on Hugo. The girls defended their leader. "[Cops] were trying to say that he forced us into it," Pebbles says. "It was all lies." She explains Hugo didn't make them call him Daddy and that it was a nickname, "You know, like a boyfriend."

Later, officers arrested a Miami Beach psychiatrist named Evan Zimmer, a photographer named Felix Pabon, and Hugo's brother, Handy. Diamond, the madam, was arrested for sex trafficking and racketeering. Hugo's charges were the most serious. He faced more than 100 years in prison, along with status as a sex offender.

But two weeks after the arrest, he bonded out of jail. On January 30, he tracked down L.G. and instructed her to lie to investigators, according to court documents. If she didn't, "he was going to personally cut [her mother's] head off and mail it to [her]," she testified. (Hugo contends cops pressured her to make up the story.)

On February 12, the minor's deposition showed another side of Hugo. L.G. explained Hugo drove her to a sex store called Play Things, bought her a vibrator, and took her back to the mansion. There he gave her alcohol and suggested she make a sex video using the "gift." Hugo knew she was only 17, she testified. (He claims she lied about her age.)

Afterward, he told her: "You're really pretty. Would you like to live here?" She agreed, and although she was nervous, she had sex with the then-30-year-old in order to "practice" for clients. Over the next few weeks, her work included a threesome with a doctor, a sex show at a bachelor party, and oral sex with a regular client the girls had nicknamed HowIsIt?

Prosecutors then got hold of her diary, which is decorated with My Little Pony stickers. In it, she confesses her "first love" is named Vanessa and that her "goal in life" is to become a lawyer. A few pages later, using a pink pen, she makes a list of men's names — presumably clients — and draws tally marks next to them. In court files, the diary is labeled "Fuck book."

Another minor, a beauty school student from Las Vegas, gave a deposition in July 2008. She described how Hugo instructed her to have sex with a "fat," "bald" man who wrote critiques of the girls' sexual performances on the website. "As soon as he would write a review," she remembered, "all of the [clients] would start calling."

Three months after the bust, the State Attorney's Office filed Hugo's 52-page indictment. It alleged, among other charges, that Hugo had cashed in by "enticing, harboring, and transporting individuals to engage in prostitution."

Nearly all the charges were dropped. This past September 21, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and witness tampering. His sentence: just under two years.

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In a tiny room at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, the echo of inmates howling in the distance is louder than Hugo's voice. His strong hands are folded in front of him, and he has a certain laid-back charm. With a cleanly shaven head and wide-frame glasses, he looks like a young professional. But his orange jumpsuit and the stale institutional air tell another story.

He's now broke and alone, and his fantasy life seems far away. The million-dollar abode has been traded for a cramped cell; the sound of girls laughing for the grunts of criminals. He spends his days reading and will "go for two weeks not talking to anybody."

Hugo frowns and says, "It wasn't supposed to end like this... Yes, I did it. I'm the bad guy."

He might still be running the business if it weren't for Rudy Villanueva, the gun-toting gangster from the YouTube video. They used to party together in 2007. Rudy was a boxer who approached Hugo about creating a website that would feature footage of back-yard brawls. The friends planned to call it Fightclub305.

Rudy was on his way to surrender to cops the day of the arrest, Hugo claims. He saw it as an opportunity to promote the website, so he followed in a Range Rover with a video camera. The ensuing crash would spell the end. His Hugh Hefner fantasy was over.

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amariskeys
amariskeys

I still can honsetly say ive never met a man more honest n kind hearted he changed people for the better n always gave chances to make ur life better if u wanted to n the lucky ones lived like stars

amariskeys
amariskeys

I loved hugo he was the best i dont care wat anybody says hugo always looked out n i never felt safer

 
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