The disposition of Miami Herald reporter, Oscar Corral's case for soliciting a teenage prostitute named Yamilet Lopez has been updated on the Clerk of the Criminal court's web site. It seems that Corral accepted enrollment into what is known as a pretrial diversion as part of something called a deferred prosecution. According to this PDF published by Miami-Dade County the following is the definition of a Pretrial Diversion:
Pretrial Diversion (PTD) is a deferred prosecution program for first time offenders charged with 3rd degree non-violent felonies. PTD acts as the clearinghouse for felony cases where the State Attorney's Office (SAO) has determined diversion is appropriate. Referrals to participate in PTD are made by the SAO at the time that the charges are filed. PTD staff determines if participants meet eligibility requirements and which of the several programs the participant should participate in. Program participation does not usually exceed 12 months with a minimum participation period of 6 months. Successful completion of PTD results in the case against the defendant being dismissed and allows him/her to have his/her record sealed, thereby maintaining a clean record. Failure to complete the program successfully results in the defendant's case being placed back on calendar for prosecution.In addition to the program, Corral had to make a $150 donation to something called the Denise Moon Foundation. Denise Moon, according to a 1998 Department of justice press release had a distinguished career in victim's services. It's safe to say that unless Corral screws up and misses a meeting or reverts to cruising the Flagami area of Miami again this whole ugly episode will conveniently go away.