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Plea deal made in sex case



Published: Tue, January 5, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.

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Art Klein

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Canfield Police officers serve a warrant at the El Patio Motel in Canfield in order to search the premises for evidence of prostitution on Thursday afternoon.

By Elise Franco

YOUNGSTOWN — Art Klein, former owner of two Canfield motels, pleaded guilty to a felony count of promoting prostitution.

Klein, 67, of Akron-Canfield Road, appeared before Judge Lou D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and entered a guilty plea Monday in a deal made by his attorneys and the prosecution.

He was charged in April 2009 after Canfield police and undercover officers found evidence of a prostitution ring at two now-closed motels — El Patio, 485 W. Main St., and the Canfield Colonial Motel, 7815 Akron-Canfield Road.

In June, a county grand jury indicted Klein on charges of promoting prostitution and conspiracy to promote prostitution with forfeiture specifications.

Judge D’Apolito said Klein’s guilty plea on the promoting-prostitution charge brings with it a possible six to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.

The charge of conspiracy to promote prostitution with forfeiture specifications was dropped.

The prosecution recommended Klein not get any jail time.

But before the judge makes a decision on that recommendation, a pre-sentencing investigation will take place.

Nick Modarelli, an assistant county prosecutor, said the purpose of the investigation is to take a deeper look into the defendant’s background.

“It will look back to see if he has any priors and if incarceration is necessary,” he said. “Nothing I know about Mr. Klein tells me he should be [jailed]. The state is satisfied, and he’s out of the motel business.”

Klein’s attorney John Shultz said he also is satisfied with the agreement.

“We anticipate the most-fair sentencing possible based on Mr. Klein’s lack of any previous record or adversities which would even merit incarceration,” Shultz said.

Klein will return to court today for a pretrial hearing to discuss the status of the El Patio, which was shut down as a public nuisance in May.

The Canfield Colonial was recently purchased from Klein through a land-contract agreement by Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church, formerly of Cleveland. Members of the monastery said they are working to turn the motel into a Christian- retreat center.

Klein also must sell the El Patio and can no longer have anything to do with its operation.

efranco@vindy.com


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1Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Let me get this straight, the "Promoter of Prostitution" won't get jail time???

And prosecutors wonder why they can't rid society of prositution.

Hey, guess what, the prosecutor's office is part of the problem! Give the jerks jailtime and make examples of them. It isn't just women spreading their legs--- it's the adult men who promote, secure, and give prostitutes a place to do their deeds. For way too long, the pros. goes to jail while the johns and promoters walk free! Come on! Give us a break -- society sees the errant ways of the Prosecutor! Put the "promoters" IN JAIL. No more slaps on wrists! He profited from an illegal business. He conspired with others to do illegal acts. He likely participated at times as a "john-in-trade". (Women are always used "in-trade" for something they need.)

So? Mr. Prosecutor, tell us again, WHY isn't he going to jail?

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2jackfrost5555(3 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Lifesnadir, get a life.
I've known Art Kline for 18 years. He raised 3 daughters, including sending them thru college.
He has paid more in taxes in all forms that you could ever dream of.
Did prostituton exist there. Probably, but by observation, extremely rare.
All motels have prostitution taking place all the time. The only difference between Art's place and the upper class motels is the price of the room.

I could go on with this forever, but let's just look at Tiger Woods.

My opinion is that this is horrible overkill, throughout the whole issue. This guy didn't even have a parking ticket up to this incident.

Shame on all the law enforcement officials involved in this case. Makes good press but we better find something better to do for these people.

There will be prostitution as long as this planet has men and women on it.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but prostitution could not exist without the cooperation of the females involved. What, Mr. Lifesnadir should we do with these ladies of the night. Huh ?????

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

"The prosecution recommended Klein not get any jail time. "

No big deal . How many of our officials patronized the place ?

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4henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Jail Time! Why? He was providing a SERVICE to the community was he not?

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5RobertH(50 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Now you know what the Wives of Canfield were doing while the Old Man was at work ....

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6Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

What, Mr. Lifesnadir should we do with these ladies of the night. Huh ?????
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JackFrost, I'm unclear why you ask such a question---- prosecutors ALREADY put "ladies of the evening" IN JAIL.

That's why I said that prosecutors need to jail promoters and johns.

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