PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A man working at a South Philadelphia Mummers’ clubhouse arranged for more than just some food and beer, according to prosecutors. He’ll face trial on charges of running a prostitution ring.
Assistant District Attorney Shea Rhodes called three vice unit police officers to the stand during the preliminary hearing.
Upstairs at the Downtowners Fancy Brigade Clubhouse on Snyder Avenue near 2nd Street, they testified that there were women prancing around in lingerie, bikinis and naked.
“There were acts going on inside the club that were sexual in nature,” Rhodes explained.
When asked if they were soliciting, Rhodes said “yes they were.”
Two of the officers testified that they were each approached by five different women and solicited for sexual acts in exchange for money.
Prosecutors allege 65-year-old Larry Crovetti ran the operation.
But his defense attorney, George Newman, says Crovetti was only in charge of collecting a $30 cover charge for beer and food.
‘”He hired them to be dancers and hostesses. He did not hire them to commit acts of prostitution. If they did that, they were freelancing,” Crovetti said.
Ten women face prostitution charges. Two officers of the Downtowners face liquor violation charges.
Reported By Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio