Prosecutors spent more than $2,000 in taxpayer money on a prostitute’s hotel stay so she could testify against a man who was wrongly accused of assaulting and trying to pimp her, the Public Defender’s Office said.
And even while the woman was snookering The City, she reportedly continued advertising her services online.
Last week, jurors acquitted 23-year-old laid-off cable installer Anthony Dorton of assault charges and deadlocked on pimping and pandering counts after he spent 10 months in jail. That, the Public Defender’s Office said, came after jurors learned Dorton’s accuser had advertised on Facebook that she has a graduate degree in “Advanced Pimpin.”
She “frequently wrote about supervising and punishing prostitutes,” said Dorton’s attorney, Qiana Washington, adding that the accuser also left a “trail of lies” that destroyed her case.
Prosecutors said they don’t deny that the woman is a prostitute, but that doesn’t necessarily make Dorton an angel.
“We had independent corroborating evidence that the defendant was pimping the victim through taped phone calls, cellphone records, text messages and evidence obtained from a search warrant,” Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
Still, Bastian said, prosecutors “respect the jury’s decision,” but “further investigation may be necessary.”