First is the background, as reported by the Detroit News.
TROY -- The co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio and husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes, according to a police report.
Thomas L. Athans was stopped Feb. 26 by undercover officers investigating a possible prostitution ring in a room at the Residence Inn near Big Beaver and Interstate 75. Athans paid a 20-year-old prostitute $150 for sex in a Troy hotel but was not arrested, according to police reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Detroit News. The police report said officers observed Athans enter a room under surveillance and leave 15 minutes later. Detectives followed and stopped Athans' silver 2002 Cadillac DeVille on Interstate 75 near Square Lake Road.
Athans told police he stopped at the hotel to see a female friend he met online. After calling her on his cell phone, he was given a room number and met the woman at the door. Once inside he placed $150 on a counter top. The woman collected the money and performed oral sex on him, Athans told police.
Officers entered the room and found sex toys, condoms, $431 in cash and a laptop computer. They arrested the woman, identified as Alycia Lorraine Martin, and charged her with prostitution. She was released on a $100 bond and has been ordered to appear in Troy District Court for a pre-trial hearing April 22.
Well, I think it's going to be interesting on the morning talk radio shows tomorrow morning. You have a hooker ring involving the spouse of a senator, a CEO of a political company receiving a "Lewinsky" for lack of a better term, the exact price of $150(That's cheap compared to Spitzer!), and the place is at Big Beaver Road, which is exit 69 (insert Beavis and Butthead jokes here) off of I-75.
Besides the jokes and being a John is a couple of more disturbing things. First this:
Troy police Lt. Gerard Scherlinck said Troy's undercover officers focus their efforts on breaking up prostitution rings about four times a year, depending upon manpower. During the stings they arrest only the prostitutes.
Why are only the hookers being arrested in these cases? What about the johns?
Athans appeared in Troy District Court on Thursday where the ticket was reduced to "no operator's license in possession." He paid a $115 fine. His license, which had been suspended from June 25, 2007 through March 11 due to a failure to comply with a judgment in Charlotte, is no longer suspended according to Michigan Secretary of State records.
This guy is lucky. Not only does he get a free pass for the hooker sting, he avoids getting the more serious "Driving with a suspended license" penalty for the weaker one. Now I wonder what his original judgment was that which he failed to be in compliance? Anyone got access to Eaton County (Charlotte) records?
Did Troy (or the Oakland County DA's office?) give Athans a pass because he was high up, politically?