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81-year-old Pa. man charged with promoting prostitution

April 12, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An 81-year-old Greencastle man was charged Tuesday with two counts of promoting prostitution at the RSVP Spa in Greencastle, Pennsylvania State Police said.

George W. Bradley, 81, who said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he is suffering from terminal cancer, denied the charges. Bradley said he hasn't been involved with the operation of the spa for 18 months. He said the charges won't mean much considering his health.

A woman who answered the phone at the 15302 Molly Pitcher Highway business Tuesday night declined to comment.

The charges were recommended by a Franklin County investigating grand jury after its members heard testimony from three women who worked at the spa and from a state police undercover agent, according to District Justice Shirley Shatzer in Antrim Township.

Bradley faces one third-degree felony charge and one misdemeanor.

A summons on the charges was mailed to Bradley at this home at 14398 Greenview Drive because of his health, police said. His arraignment is scheduled for May 9 at 1:30 p.m., Shatzer said.

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Bradley said he had not received the summons. "Until I get some papers I am totally, completely in the dark," he said.

He said he owned the spa with a Hagerstown woman under the corporate name of Bon Ami.

No other defendants were named in the arrest warrant.

According to allegations in the affidavit of complaint, one spa worker testified Bradley hired her in January 1997 and that during her job interview he asked her about the range of prices she would charge her massage customers for "full service," meaning sexual intercourse.

She testified she made $380 over a two-week period for regular massage work and up to $1,600 in tips for providing other services, according to court records.

Another witness testified that she worked at the spa from January to April 1998. During her interview, Bradley asked her if she knew how to identify an undercover police officer, the affidavit of complaint alleges.

She testified that prices charged customers for extra services ranged from $60 to $250.

Bradley was charged in November 1989 with three prostitution-related counts. He pleaded no contest and received 23 months probation and a $3,000 fine plus 40 hours of community service.

In 1979 Bradley and his wife pleaded guilty in Hagerstown to receiving money from the earnings of prostitutes and were fined $1,000 each.

In 1984 Bradley was convicted in Washington County District Court on a charge of soliciting for prostitution and fined $50.

Bradley has long been an advocate of legalized prostitution.

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