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Woman accused of running a brothel



Published: Tue, September 27, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Austintown

A township woman accused of running a brothel out of her home was arraigned Monday on related charges.

Susan E. Sackela, 58, who also goes by Susan E. Crawford, appeared in Mahoning County Area Court in Austintown on two charges of promoting prostitution and a charge of procuring.

Sackela, of South Saratoga Avenue, pleaded not guilty and will be back in court Oct. 24. She was charged after an 18-month investigation into allegations she was running a brothel out of a home at 4744 Mahoning Ave., said Police Chief Robert Gavalier.

Gavalier said police began receiving complaints about activity at the house about two years ago and in March 2010 opened an investigation.

“The house sits behind The Voodoo Lounge, kind of back in a wooded area that was secluded,” he said. “We don’t have an exact number of girls who worked for her, but some were local and some were from out of town.”

He said the women who worked for Sackela would have to stay at the house for a certain period to keep it from looking suspicious.

“They’d stay for about a week before they could leave again,” he said. “This was to keep the activity level down.”

Gavalier said a search of the home revealed a fully stocked bar and a room with a dancer’s pole.

Sackela advertised in The Vindicator, he said. Under the guise of a legitimate business seeking dancers, Sackel used the headings “Golden Girls Private Dancers” or “Lip Stick & High Heels.”


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

"Sackela advertised in The Vindicator, he said. Under the guise of a legitimate business seeking dancers, Sackel used the headings “Golden Girls Private Dancers” or “Lip Stick & High Heels.”

A very liberal version of trickle down economics . . . ..

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2slappysmith(55 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

and like every republican plan it was illegal and failed miserably

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3lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Leave the girls alone, whom did they hurt?

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4ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

It should be a legitimate business. Selling sex should not be illegal! What a waste of police resources that could be better spent elsewhere. Where are the victims? The girls? They have steady work and money. The men? They leave with smiles on their faces.

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5doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Another waste of time and money. Forget the gangs, guns, robbers etc.

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6cityslicker(21 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow, i cant believe these comments, uproar about juvenile crime in Youngstown but its ok to have brothels in Austintown, crime is crime people, wake up.

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7DwightK(1236 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

This is why people in Austintown don't want places like the Go Go and Club 76. No one wants their home town to be known for strippers and hookers.

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8theguins(164 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

It took 18 months to figure out that it was a brothel???

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9ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Half of you solicit prostitution, its evident in your want for the police to look over this. Your not the first guy she has given STDs to, and you wont be the last with that attitude. And where there is hookers there is more crime. Money Sex & Drugs!!

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

There is much more to this story . . ..

Truly a business run by a dysfunctional family . . ..

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11jmagaratz(162 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Time for the state to create a new franchise....could be called: "Slots, Sluts, Studs and Drugs"....would legalize gambling, male and female prostitution and drugs under one umbrella....award the franchise at a minimum of one per county and on the basis of population after that....watch the $$$$ roll in!

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12Ianacek(888 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

If prostitution is legal , it can be regulated & abuses can be reported without fear . Push any industry underground & organized crime takesa lot of it over .

The unhappy consequence of an underground industry over many years has been unreported rapes , assaults , robberies , under age sex & sex slavery; because the potential complainants fear prosecution themselves .

Prostitution is legal in Canada , most of Europe & South America , Israel , most of East Asia , Australia & New Zealand . Some countries place restrictions on street prostitution or opening of brothels near schools etc .

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13southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The people who want to legalize prostitution are the same people who want to legalize drugs. No wonder the U.S. is in such trouble.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

So, prostitution is a victimless crime ? . ..

http://detnews.com/article/20110927/M...

Last Updated: September 27. 2011 5:12PM .Bond set for Romulus cops charged with using drug funds for prostitutes, pot, alcohol

Steve Pardo and Serena Maria Daniels/ The Detroit News

Detroit— The former Romulus police chief, his wife and five Romulus officers were charged today with running a scheme in which drug forfeiture money was used to pay for prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol.

Worthy said the investigation was hidden from the supervisor of the special investigation unit. St. Andre, she said, had direct knowledge of the activities of Balzer, Landry, Hopkins, Channells and Droege. The men used drug forfeiture money to pay for prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol — to the tune of $40,000 in one year, Worthy said.

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15Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

And if that was going on next door you would be OK with it?? I highly doubt it.
BTW it's ILLEGAL and until it's LEGAL it is a crime. What part don't you get? smh at stupidity.

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16samIam(211 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Keep shipping the"Girls" jobs overseas and this is what you will get. Many of the Girls that worked there had college degrees some with masters. They also are indebted to the student loan banksters

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17VindyPost(436 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

^^ Never heard of "Prostitu-ition-(inter) Course in College w/ associates and masters degree!!!

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18BobK(14 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

cityslicker says:
"Wow, i cant believe these comments, uproar about juvenile crime in Youngstown but its ok to have brothels in Austintown, crime is crime people, wake up."

you have GOT to be kidding right! to compare a sex act between consenting adults as comparable to Shooting, beating, threatening , robbing NON consenting people. This is exactly the excuse making that breeds and enables this type of problem in Ytown by thugs. STOP trying to make comparisons that are not there. Yes Crime is Crime but we all know all crime is NOT the same. To pretend it is so just makes any real point you may have less credible.
BTW when my teen son and buds years back were caught in Atown doing a stupid criminal act it was NOT swept under the rug and ignored as you suggested recently happens, 35-50 years ago maybe that was the case but not anymore. They faced JJC as they and anyone should have!
Just sayin!

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