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Sex crime charges dropped against ex-Pittsburgh police officer

A former member of the Pittsburgh Police Department who was charged with promoting prostitution and intent to deal heroin has had most of the charges against him dropped. The Allegheny County district attorney's office announced that it was dropping six of the nine charges against the 44-year-old man, who resigned from the police force in September.

The dropped charges included promoting prostitution, drug possession with intent to deliver and obstruction of justice. A spokesman for the district attorney's office declined to say why prosecutors dropped the charges.

Prior to dropping the charges, authorities accused the defendant of renting cars for prostitutes to take to their dates. A police officer stopped a rental car in April that had a driver and a woman, the defendant's girlfriend and an alleged prostitute, inside. The driver allegedly told police that the defendant had rented the car to take his girlfriend to another man's house for a "sexual performance." He was arrested in August after officers conducted a sting operation, during which the defendant allegedly made contact with undercover officers.

With most of the charges dropped, the former police officer now faces charges of filing a false police report, insurance fraud and drug conspiracy. One of his attorneys said he was not sure why the other charges were dropped. He said that the defense team did not make a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Still, the insurance fraud charge could impact the man's chances of working as a police officer because it is a felony-level offense.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "6 of 9 charges against former city policeman dropped," Sadie Gurman, Oct. 22, 2011

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