Baltimore police say a firefighter ran a prostitution ring

Baltimore police say a firefighter ran a prostitution ring

Authorities charged a Baltimore firefighter with managing a prostitution ring out of a renovated loft apartment. Police arrested the firefighter during a raid on the apartment on July 9, charging him with eight sex crimes offenses.

Court documents allege that the firefighter worked with a partner to operate a prostitution house, taking a portion of the prostitutes’ earnings. Apparently, the two-bedroom loft apartment contained a large bar, a DJ booth, and a stage equipped with two dancing poles. Authorities found six lockers in the kitchen-each bearing a woman’s nickname. A chalkboard listed written reminders consistent with a prostitution business.

In addition to managing the business’s daily affairs, the allegations claim that the firefighter and his partner advertised the business online. This is the second time that this firefighter has faced charges for facilitating prostitution.

Sex crimes charges can have dramatic consequences for a defendant’s personal and professional reputation. Even mere allegations can cause long-term damage. In the context of a public employee such as a firefighter, the fallout can be particularly harsh. The Baltimore Fire Department in this case, for example, plans to conduct a full investigation in order to make a disciplinary decision.

The Baltimore Fire Department has suspended this suspect without pay pending the resolution of these allegations.

If you are charged with a sex crime, don’t risk your future, contact a sex crimes attorney in Maryland to protect your legal rights.

Source: The Washington Post, “Baltimore firefighter ran sex ring on the side, police say,” Kevin Rector, Aug. 10, 2012

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