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Man pleads guily in prostitution case

April 26, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 52-year-old Funkstown man was given probation before judgment Thursday in Washington County District Court after he pleaded guilty to prostitution general in connection with a March incident in which he asked an undercover police officer for sex, according to court documents.

Barry Irvin Warrenfeltz, 52, of 16 E. Chestnut St., was ordered by Frederick County District Judge Oliver John Cejka Jr., sitting in Washington County, to serve one year of probation, documents state.

Warrenfeltz is a member of the Funkstown Appeals Board and had been a member of the Funkstown Planning and Zoning Commission for two years, according to published reports.

A message left for Warrenfeltz was not immediately returned Monday.

Probation before judgment is the conditional avoidance of imposition of sentence.

According to charging documents, Warrenfeltz pulled into a parking lot near Wellers Alley in Hagerstown in a white car that "appeared to flash its headlights" between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on March 9.

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Warrenfeltz told the officer who was posing as a prostitute that "he was looking for someone to have some beer with" and asked the undercover officer if she would go to his house in Funkstown to drink with him, documents state.

The officer told him she was "a working girl" and needed money for rent, and Warrenfeltz said he would pay $50 for sex, documents state.

Once that rate was confirmed, other officers moved in and ordered Warrenfeltz out of the car, documents state. He was charged through a criminal summons, according to court documents.

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