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Woman given jail term in prostitution case

October 03, 1997

By TERRY TALBERT

Staff Writer

A 33-year-old Washington County woman pleaded guilty in Circuit Court Wednesday to soliciting for prostitution and was sentenced to the maximum one year in jail.

Alissa Fall was charged after she allegedly solicited an officer at Walnut and Church streets in Hagerstown and agreed to perform a sex act for $40, police said.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered the sentence to run from the date of her arrest in July. She has been in jail since then.

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Fall, who is a mother of three, has serious drug and alcohol problems, her attorney said. Among the other things she suffers from are hyperactivity and Crohn's disease.

Fall is a high school graduate who attended Hagerstown Junior College for a year.

"I have a crack cocaine addiction which I need help with," she said.

Prosecutors said Fall has several convictions dating back to 1985. Four were for disorderly conduct, one for theft and one for possession of crack cocaine, they said.

She is awaiting trial on charges of theft, uttering and driving under the influence, prosecutors said.

Her attorney asked for lenience. "These are basically crimes which hurt no one but herself," he said.

In sending Fall back to jail, Wright said, "I know of no successful program for crack addiction other than separation from it for a long period of time. This stuff is so destructive.The only success stories I know of occur after 18 months or two years incarceration."

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