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Section 230.00 of the Penal Law

In this criminal case, defendant was arrested and charged with the violation of Penal Law Section 230.00, a class B misdemeanor. A bench trial was held. The People presented the testimony of Police Officer assigned to the Brooklyn South Public Morals Division (BSPMD). He testified that in January 1994, he placed a telephone call to a specific number to set up a “rendezvous” with someone he believed to be engaged in prostitution. That belief was based on a complaint the officer’s unit had received several months before.

A Kings County Criminal attorney said that the Officer testified that after several telephone calls, he was instructed to go to an Avenue. He did so and was met at the door by a female, white, who weighed about 300 pounds and had blond hair. He identified this woman as the defendant. He followed the defendant into the building to apartment. When he got into the apartment, he testified that the defendant told him that it would cost him $100 and that he should get undressed and go to the bedroom. He then asked the woman what he would get for $100 and the woman said a brand. He said that he told the defendant he was not interested in said brand and was told by the defendant that straight sex was $80 and oral sex was $20.
The officer then testified that he refused to undress, and the defendant directed him to go into the bedroom and put on a video while she slipped into something comfortable. The officer testified that in the bedroom were tapes of sex crimes videos and a dildo. The officer put on a tape and then transmitted a code to the arrest team to set into place the apprehension of the defendant. The officer subsequently opened the front door and admitted the arrest team. Defendant then was advised to get dressed and a Detective placed her under arrest for prostitution.

On cross examination, the officer acknowledged that he had a tape recording device in his pocket but had not recorded any of the initial telephone conversations. The recording device was taken to the location and was on, but the tape was not audible. The officer also acknowledged that he had a transmitter connected to his supervisor and was able to contact the rest of his team to let them know his location. However, the officer acknowledged that inexplicably, his communication device was not on the entire time the alleged discussion was held between defendant and the witness.

The People then presented the testimony of the Detective. He testified to the fact that he went into the Apartment and arrested the defendant. Detective testified to the fact that one of the items seized in defendant’s apartment was a business card imprinted with a logo. The card contained no reference to sex or a drug for money. The People then rested.

Defendant then took the stand and was sworn in as a witness. She testified that she is currently unemployed but has, in the past, designed and sold jewelry, given psychic readings and been involved in creating and delivering fantasies.

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She testified that, she made an appointment by telephone

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