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Former Allegheny prosecutor charged with promoting prostitution

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Attorney Chris Conrad, shown in this photo from 2001, has been charged with promoting prostitution and other crimes.

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By Christina Gallagher
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
 

Police charged a Monroeville attorney with promoting prostitution in an undercover investigation involving officers from Monroeville, Moon and Pittsburgh.

Monroeville Police arrested W. Christopher Conrad, 64, on Wednesday outside Gateway Grill. A Brentwood woman police identified as a prostitute told authorities that Conrad drove her to and from appointments, police said.

Conrad is charged with promoting prostitution, criminal conspiracy and using a cellphone to communicate with a female escort, according to a criminal complaint.

The woman was not charged as of Thursday morning.

Police said they tracked down the woman through an advertisement and arranged to meet her at a hotel in Monroeville. There, she told police Conrad is her attorney and was aware that she worked as a prostitute.

Conrad was held in the Allegheny County Jail on $5,000 bail, according to court records.

A lawyer who has represented Conrad could not be reached.

Conrad was an Allegheny County prosecutor until 1998 and became a defense attorney. He ran an unsuccessful campaign against District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

Conrad was charged three times with drunken driving in recent years and with driving with a suspended license.

Christina Gallagher is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5637 or cgallagher@tribweb.com.

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