Vice-Mayor Resigns After Deputy’s Wife Surrenders On Prostitution Charges
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ The city’s vice-mayor, a conservative crusader against wild spring breakers, topless bars and adult bookstores, has resigned after his name surfaced in a sex scandal.
Doug Danziger issued a terse letter of resignation Tuesday after his name was linked in news reports to the wife of a Broward County deputy who surrendered Tuesday on four counts of prostitution.
Danziger said in his letter that he was leaving ″with deep emotion and dedication to a job not yet complete ... with the support of my family and for personal reasons.″
Danziger’s name was included on a detailed list of Kathy Willets’ alleged clients thaty was kept by her husband, Deputy Jeffrey Willets, the Sun- Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported Tuesday, quoting unidentified law enforcement and courthouse sources.
Danziger, 50, made no mention of the connection to Mrs. Willets in his four-line resignation letter.
″I know there’s speculation,″ he told WSVN-TV Tuesday night. ″My family knows what happened and I know what happened.″
Ellis Rubin, who is representing the Willetses, said Tuesday he had no comment on the rumors that Danziger was involved with Mrs. Willets.
Willets, 41, was suspended with pay last week after being charged with living off the earnings of a prostitute, a felony. He faces up to 5,000 fine and five years in prison, and was free on $1,000 bond Tuesday.
His 33-year-old wife faces four second-degree misdemeanor charges of prostitution, each punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500. She was released on $2,000 bond.
Investigators said no charges were contemplated against Mrs. Willets’ alleged customers.
Rubin said Mrs. Willets was suffering from nymphomania, and that having sex with different men, which he called sex surrogacy, is an acceptable form of treatment for the disorder.
Danziger, who owns an insurance company, was appointed to the commission in 1987 and then won his 1988 election. He ran unopposed in March, and the new commission chose him as vice mayor.
Danziger’s main campaign theme was creation of a wholesome, family-oriented tourist market. He was instrumental in driving spring breakers out of the city, banning liquor in nude bars and fighting pornographic bookstores.