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Four women charged with prostitution in Monroeville

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Though the arrest of a former county prosecutor has garnered the most attention, a joint investigation by Monroeville, Moon and Pittsburgh detectives last month resulted in prostitution charges against three women who police say were plying the world's oldest profession in Monroeville.

Police charged four women with prostitution in connection with multiple undercover operations on July 24 at the Days Inn on Mosside Boulevard.

Police charged Janae C. Tibbs, 22, of Hays Avenue in Mount Oliver; Marilyn C. Diulus, 56, of Oak Avenue in Turtle Creek; and Heather L. Palumbo, 21, of Somerton Drive in South Park, with prostitution and using a cellphone as an instrument of crime.

The investigation also resulted in former Allegheny County District Attorney W. Christopher Conrad, 64, of Mount Lebanon, being charged with promoting prostitution, criminal conspiracy and using a cellphone to facilitate a crime. Conrad was accused of facilitating prostitution by driving one of his clients to the Days Inn on July 24. She is accused of offering to perform sex acts with an undercover officer in exchange for $250, according to the criminal complaint.

Police charged Amanda K. Culligan, 23, with prostitution and criminal conspiracy. Culligan — who shares an address with Conrad — told police that Conrad was her attorney. She accused him of knowing that she was a prostitute and driving her to appointments, according to the criminal complaint.

Conrad was an Allegheny County prosecutor before he became a criminal defense attorney in 1998.

He has been convicted of drunken driving three times in recent years and has two pending DUI cases. His driver's license is suspended through November 2014.

In recent years, Monroeville police officers have been made aware of at least two websites used by suspected prostitutes to solicit sex. Women post photos, a description of themselves, a price and a way to contact them.

Monroeville is a common meeting spot in the Pittsburgh area because of the number of hotels and its proximity to highways, according to local law enforcement.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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