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Friday, January 16, 2009

One Way Or Another He Was Determined To Get People To Shout "Oh, God!"

Here's one for the you-cannot-make-this-shit-up file: The ex-director of Ohio's Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives has been arrested on charges he was running a prostitution ring. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
COLUMBUS -- A man once hired by Gov. Ted Strickland to head a state office because of his ties to Ohio's religious community stands accused of being involved in an online prostitution ring.

Robert Eric McFadden, former director of Strickland's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, was arrested Wednesday morning in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. He has been charged with seven felonies, including pandering obscenities involving a minor, promoting prostitution and compelling prostitution, according to a Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Weiner confirmed that the 46-year-old is the same person who worked for Strickland.

McFadden headed the faith-based office for nine months before taking a demotion and a pay cut for a short-lived job as an administrative assistant with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Police believe that McFadden was the man they have been looking for in connection with a prostitution ring that was run from Craig's List, according to a report on the Web site of Columbus television station WCMH. Police cracked the ring when men involved in a Web site that posts reviews of prostitutes held a raffle for sex at a brothel near downtown Columbus.
TtP noted that bust at the time, calling it the "cutting edge of pimping". We had no idea. Again from the Plain Dealer:
For years, police have noticed a man involved in prostitute discussion boards under the names of Sullivant Guy, Broad Street Guy and Toby, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch. They now apparently believe that man is McFadden.

An academic adviser at Ohio State University and a sex-abuse caseworker at Franklin County Children Services recently were arrested in connection with the ring.

McFadden was hired by the Strickland administration in February 2007 and paid an annual salary of $75,000. Strickland knew McFadden before he was elected governor in November 2006.

"He is someone that had been engaged in work in the faith community for a long time and was someone very known by people in the faith community, and that led to his hire," said Keith Dailey, Strickland's spokesman. Dailey called McFadden "well-regarded."
A local TV station adds a bit of color to this story:
[Police] said he was one of the main organizers and the “guru” of Columbus prostitution, writing reviews of their services and advising Johns on how not to get caught.

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Police also said McFadden was the go-to guy in Columbus when it came to prostitution.

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