Bow lawyer pleads guilty to paying prostitute
A Bow lawyer pleaded guilty Monday to hiring a prostitute at a Salem motel in 2011.
Because Richard Mooney agreed to the negotiated plea deal, Rockingham County prosecutors dropped a
secondary charge of hindering apprehension, filed after the police said Mooney warned the prostitute that the hotel was being monitored.
Mooney was charged in June 2011 after he paid a prostitute in exchange for sex at the Salem Red Roof Inn. According to court documents, the police began monitoring that motel after an anonymous caller provided information that a woman named “Ashley” had posted an online listing for escort services. The caller said the woman was meeting with clients at the Red Roof Inn.
At about 2 p.m. June 13, 2011, an officer parked outside one of the hotel rooms saw a middle-aged man exit his car, walk up to the room and knock on the door, according to court documents. The man went inside and left about an hour later.
The police then stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Mooney.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Mooney isn’t
facing jail time and has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. Before the plea agreement, he was facing two Class A misdemeanors, each carrying a possible sentence of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
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