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YOUNGSTOWN Educator is charged



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



A school spokesman had no comment about the arrest.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Vice cops have charged George J. Stevens, director of education at Choffin Career and Technical Center, with loitering to engage in solicitation.

"Oh, my goodness," Mike McNair, Youngstown School District spokesman, said today when a reporter told him about the charge.

McNair said the school district will do a full investigation and had no comment regarding Stevens' future on the job.

Stevens did not respond to a message The Vindicator left this morning at Choffin.

Police surveillance

Patrolmen Paul Brown and Mike Brindisi, in response to complaints about prostitution activity on the lower South Side, set up surveillance Thursday evening. The officers said they watched Misty Davis -- whom they have arrested before -- flagging down cars on Breaden Street.

Stevens, 57, of Jamison Place, Canfield, drove slowly past Davis several times, then stopped, police said. Davis got in the passenger door.

Stevens' 1986 Volvo headed west on Breaden then north on Hillman Street to Falls Avenue, where the officers pulled it over.

Stevens was issued a citation charging him with loitering to engage in solicitation, a misdemeanor. He was due in municipal court today for arraignment.

Davis, 22, of Granite Avenue, was arrested on the same charge. She, though, was booked into the Mahoning County jail overnight pending arraignment today.

Arrested day before

Brown and Brindisi did not let Davis go on a citation, because they had arrested her the day before on the same charge, and she failed to appear in court Thursday as ordered for arraignment.

The officers had seen her get into Kenneth C. Shaffer Sr.'s car near Myrtle Avenue. Shaffer, 77, of Williamsburg Drive, Canfield, also was charged with loitering to engage in solicitation.

Shaffer pleaded innocent at arraignment in municipal court Thursday. His trial is set for 2:15 p.m. Feb. 14 in Judge Robert P. Milich's court.

Records show Davis has had 23 cases in municipal court, most of which have been loitering charges, the clerk's office said. The other cases include drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses.

Disposition of her prior loitering charges was not immediately available.

meade@vindy.com




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