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"Sex-for-tix" suspect wants charges dropped

Friday, January 29, 2010
Susan Finkelstein

The woman accused of offering sex for World Series tickets will be back in court on Friday.

Susan Finkelstein has a hearing in the Bucks County courthouse in Doylestown, where her lawyer is expected to ask that the charges against his client be dropped.

William Brennan, her attorney, told Action News that Finkelstein shouldn't be charged with promoting prostitution because the law says a third person needs to be involved.

In this case, there wasn't.

Brennan also said that Finkelstein shouldn't be charged with general prostitution either because the law requires someone to be loitering in a public place or engaged in a business where prostitution is taking place.

The hearing is set to begin at 2:00 p.m.

At her preliminary hearing in mid-December, prosecutors claimed Finkelstein sent topless photos to police after posting an online Craigslist ad.

An officer surreptitiously responded to the ad, titled "Desperate Blonde seeking World Series Tickets," asking her to send a photo of herself.

She, in turn, allegedly sent three topless photos. When asked what she was willing to pay, police say she responded, "Well let's just say my currency is unconventional."

An undercover officer met her at a Bensalem bar, as three others stood nearby. As the two drank beer, the officer says Finklestein identified herself as a prostitute and said she was "willing to do anything" to secure World Series tickets.

Then, the officer says, she exposed herself.

While the defense argued that in and of itself was not enough to go forward, District Justice Joseph Falcone disagreed and ordered the case to proceed to trial.

The 43-year-old Finkelstein insists she was merely being creative in her attempt to take her husband to a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.

Finklestein smiled as she left the courtroom with her attorney. At first, she said she wasn't going to speak at the request of her lawyer, but then spoke to reporters anyway.

"It was very hard to hear the untruths that were said about me and my actions without being able to respond," she said.

Finklestein denies she ever identified herself as a prostitute or used graphic language offering sex for tickets.

"I am a public relations professional, college educated. It's just not in my vocabulary to use those words," she said.

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