Friday, August 17, 2012

Ex-Pittsburgh cop to trial on prostitution charges -

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 3:36 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Fri Aug 17, 2012.

A former Pittsburgh police officer will stand trial on prostitution charges his attorney contends are based on "guilt by association."

Forty-five-year-old Michael Johns was ordered to trial after a preliminary hearing Friday.

Johns was arrested last August after investigators said he paid for rental cars for the women, helped them obtain drugs and allowed them to use his home computer to post online ads. Some earlier charges were dropped before he was re-charged last month.

Johns resigned from the department last year.

Defense attorney Marc Daffner says Johns is hoping to put the charges behind him and move out of state.

Johns is the third former city officer to face prostitution charges in recent months. Talib Ghafoor and Faquar Holland were sentenced to probation in April after pleading no contest.

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