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Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 2:41 a.m.

KITTANNING – The last two defendants charged in connection with a prostitution sting in Worthington have pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges this week in exchange for having their most serious misdemeanor charges of patronizing prostitutes withdrawn.

Robert Clifford Wellman, 58, of Butler, pled guilty before District Judge James Owen Friday.

According to court records, Steven Anthony Chowan, 28, of North Huntington, was not present in Judge Owen's courtroom Wednesday but was represented by his attorney, Jason Richard Lewis, who entered the guilty plea on Chowan's behalf.

The other six men charged in connection with the sting had all been similarly charged and all pleaded guilty to the summary charge of disorderly conduct in district court on Oct. 17 in exchange for each of their misdemeanor charges being withdrawn.

No other individuals have been charged or will be charged in connection with the sting operation, Worthington Police Chief William DeForte said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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