Sex & Gender

This Is How BangBros Made a Porno Featuring a 15-Year-Old Beauty Queen and a Murderer

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During a trip to the now-defunct downtown nightclub Mia, a man named Radrico gave Amber an older woman's driver's license. It opened a Pandora's box of premature adulthood.

In Miami, it seems the difference between clubbing with friends and filming porn is a fake ID and a sleazy dude. The latter was named Andy Bombino. He was a short 19-year-old with curly hair and a chin-strap beard that made him look like a leprechaun. In 2010, he was arrested for pot possession.

It's unclear whether Bombino knew Amber was only 15, but in interviews with police she described him as "a friend." It was Bombino, she later told detectives, who found a self-described "talent recruiter" named Teddy Cubillos online.

It wasn't difficult. Cubillos has at least five Facebook profiles featuring different spellings of his name and eerie, unsmiling pictures of him next to celebrities including Pitbull and Ricky Martin. All five sites are flooded with status updates asking for female extras for mysterious shoots and music videos.

On January 27, 2011, Bombino dropped off Amber and two friends -- one of them age 17 -- at a red-and-beige warehouse near Miami International Airport. They were met by Cubillos, who cast a cursory glance at her stolen ID, according to a police report. He then handed the girls over to Venetian Productions, a company contracted by BangBros to shoot porn for its websites. Amber signed a "performer agreement," another sheet titled "records keeping for models," and a W-9 under her assumed identity. Except for the tax form, all the documents were cosigned by Venetian Productions producer Amy Carroll. (Carroll hung up when contacted by New Times. Cubillos did not respond to repeated requests for comment, and Bombino could not be reached.)

Amber's first shoot was for a website called Haze Him. "It started off being college videos, like tailgating and stuff. It wasn't even sexual," she says. She made $100, went home, and returned six days later. The next time was different, however. She found herself in a room with dozens of other women, some of whom looked even younger than she. Someone passed around pizza. And then the hard-core porn began.

John Snavely sauntered into the circle of girls. Unknown to anyone in the room, Snavely had stabbed a man to death four months earlier in a drug-induced rage, authorities now believe. But today, he was busy swinging another sizable weapon. Snavely stripped off his banana hammock, began grinding on girls, and goaded them into going down on him.

"It didn't come to my mind that the first thing would be boom, some guy's thing in my face," Amber says. But with music blaring and -- at least in some videos -- alcohol flowing, Amber loosened up. After all, producers told her she could make $400 for a blowjob and $1,100 for full-on sex with Snavely.

Amber and Snavely had sex at least once onscreen, authorities say. Venetian Productions records contained in police reports reveal Amber had oral or vaginal sex in at least four shoots and appeared nude or masturbated in two others, making at least $3,000 under the screennames Josie Monroe and Monica Perez.

"I never thought I could do something like that," Amber admits. "But I was young, and young girls are a lot easier to talk into things, especially with money."

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.