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Fri., 8:41am: Woman who ran Austintown brothel avoids prison

December 13, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

AUSTINTOWN - A 60-year-old woman accused of running a brothel in Austintown will avoid prison.

Susan Sackela was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation after pleading guilty in October to two counts of pandering obscenity.

Sackela initially was charged with promoting prostitution, but prosecutors offered the plea deal because of possible issues at trial.

She was charged in September 2011 with running a brothel out of a home in Austintown.

That came after an 18-month investigation that started with complaints from neighbors. A search of the home found a fully stocked bar and a room with a dancer's pole.

Sackela apologized in court Thursday. She'll also have to pay $30,000 to cover the costs of the investigation.



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