A judge has dropped promoting prostitution and conspiracy charges filed in July against the Allegheny County's former top homicide prosecutor.
After a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Jeffrey L. Herbst of Monroeville, W. Christopher Conrad, 64, was ordered to stand trial on the remaining charge of possession of an instrument of crime.
Police said the offense relates to a cell phone that he used to communicate with a woman accused of prostitution.
Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said he was pleased with the outcome of the proceeding and maintained that his client was not involved in promoting prostitution and was just the woman's friend.
Mr. Conrad was sentenced to probation and house arrest for earlier charges of driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
His house arrest begins next week, his attorney said.
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