Woman asks that charge of prostitution be dismissed

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An attorney for a woman charged with prostitution filed a motion Monday asking that the charges against her be thrown out because of "outrageous government conduct."

Diana Gross, 26, is charged with three counts stemming from an encounter March 22 with Homestead police Officer Ronald Depellegrin.

According to the affidavit of probable cause that the officer wrote, he sought out the woman from a personal ad for purposes of a prostitution sting.

When he met with her, they both undressed, and she began to perform oral sex on him.

Defense attorney Michael Waltman wrote in his motion that the sex act had "no legitimate purpose, as probable cause to arrest was present before the sex act began."

A spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office said that Officer Depellegrin's actions "did not create a constitutional issue that would bar us from moving forward with the prosecution."



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