Former Allegheny prosecutor charged with promoting prostitution
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.