Faith-based pimpin' ain't easy

Police say the former director of Ohio's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was the "guru" of prostitution in his city.


Alex Koppelman
January 15, 2009 3:15AM (UTC)

How's this for irony: Eric McFadden, a former aide to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, was arrested Wednesday. According to the Columbus Dispatch, he's charged with "seven prostitution-related counts" including "promoting prostitution, pandering obscenities involving a minor and compelling prostitution."

Where's the irony in that, you ask? Until fall 2007, McFadden worked for Strickland as director of the state's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

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Columbus police are calling him the "guru" of prostitution in the city, saying he's been involved in it for six years. According to the Dispatch, he was allegedly part of a ring operated on the Web that ran a raffle for sex and led to the creation of a brothel. Police also say he posted positive reviews of a 17-year-old prostitute.

(Hat-tip to Jonah Goldberg.)


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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