Woman sentenced in sex-for-tix case
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - June 10, 2010 (WPVI) -- The Phillies fan convicted of trying to sell sex in exchange for World Series tickets was sentenced in Bucks County on Thursday.
44-year-old Susan Finkelstein was sentenced to one year probation, 100 hours of community service and she will have to cover the cost of the prosecution.
Finkelstein faced a maximum of one year in prison, and even though she won't spend any time behind bars Finkelstein did not appear pleased after the hearing. She walked past reporters without commenting leaving her husband, John LaVoy, to offer his thoughts.
"The reason I stay with her is because she's my wife and I love her and I don't think she did anything wrong, "LaVoy said. "I don't own my wife, she's not a child."
Finkelstein said the multiple interviews she granted local media outlets in the months since this story broke were to defend herself. Prosecutors don't see it that way.
"I think the defense pointed to the police and said they lit this fire, but she stood there and dumped gasoline all over it," said Assistant District Attorney Steve Jones.
The judge told her that she put herself in a dangerous situation.
"What you did in the case was incredibly stupid. You are fortunate to have met an undercover police officer on the other end, rather than someone who could have harmed you," said Judge Albert Cepparulo. He suggested that she fulfill her community service by speaking to groups of women about the dangers of the Internet.
Finkelstein was found guilty back in March of attempted prostitution for offering sex to an undercover officer at a Bensalem bar.
She was accused of offering an undercover police officer sex for tickets to see the Phillies and Yankees play in a World Series game.
A Bucks County judge denied a request for a new trial filed by Finkelstein's lawyer after the conviction was handed down.
Police say the investigation began after Finkelstein posted an ad on the website Craigslist.
Finkelstein had said she was just flirting to get a better price for the tickets.
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