EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharleston Mayor Wants Prostitution Solicitation Charge Reinstated Against Lobbyist
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 15, 2013 10:42 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 9:35 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said at a news conference Tuesday he is recommending that charges should be refilled against a prominent West Virginia lobbyist and former high-ranking government official who was arrested for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Phil Reale, a lobbyist and a chief of staff to former Gov. Gaston Caperton, was arrested July 11 on a solicitation charge as part of a prostitution sting by Charleston police and other police agencies.
The newspaper said the charge was dismissed without prejudice Aug. 13. Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton also told the Daily Mail that he left Reale’s name out of a news release listing the people arrested in the sting because Reale was so upset about the incident.
Reale denied that he solicited a prostitute. He said he thought the woman he saw on the West Side needed assistance, and he drove away when he discovered she was a prostitute, the newspaper said.
Jones said Tuesday he does not believe Reale’s denial of the accusation, and he wants the case reopened.
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