Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 15, 2013

Charleston mayor wants lobbyist recharged

WASHINGTON — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says he’s asked city law enforcement to refile a prostitution solicitation charge against a lobbyist.

At a Tuesday news conference, Jones also told media outlets that lobbyist Phil Reale’s name shouldn’t have been left off a city police news release in July that announced an undercover prostitution sting. The release listed several other suspects who were arrested.

Jones says he told City Attorney Paul Ellis that he wants everyone to be treated equally.

The charge against Reale was dismissed on Aug. 13 without prejudice. That means the case could be refiled.

Reale denied the charge in a statement given to the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/19DP4eM), which first reported about the case.

Reale served as chief of staff for former Gov. Gaston Caperton.

 

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