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Saturday, September 29, 2007

JoCo drops prostitution case against OP man

From Diane Carroll's report:

Johnson County prosecutors have dropped a case against an Overland Park man who had been charged with promoting prostitution.

Peng Zhang, 43, was scheduled to be tried starting Monday on a charge of maintaining or managing Lily Massage, which the complaint alleged was a house of prostitution. Instead, prosecutors dismissed the charge, a misdemeanor, on Sept. 21.

District Attorney spokesman Brian Burgess said today that prosecutors “didn’t want to go forward with the case we had.” Defense attorney Scott Toth said his client was innocent.

Zhang was one of six people charged May 12 in Johnson County District Court with alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. The charges were announced a day after federal prosecutors in Kansas City announced sex trafficking charges against four other people.

The federal prosecutors alleged those four were part of an operation that brought Chinese women to Johnson County to work as prostitutes.

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