MS: Official wants phone records in prostitution case (or, Feds in our bedrooms)

By: The Associated Press | 02 Jul 2009 | 11:28 AM ET

JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Roger Weiner, a Coahoma County supervisor accused of soliciting prostitutes on, wants records from a cellular telephone apparently used by an undercover agent involved in a sting operation.

Federal prosecutors claim Weiner thought he was meeting two prostitutes when he was arrested by the FBI at the Shady Nook truck stop on May 17. Weiner’s plan was to take the women to his cabin on Moon Lake near Clarksdale, according to court records.

Weiner, a prominent cardiologist in Clarksdale, was charged with soliciting prostitution across state lines. He has pleaded not guilty. Weiner’s lawyer, who has said his client will be vindicated, did not immediately respond to a message Wednesday.

Wiener’s attorneys subpoenaed documents from a cellular company that could show the locations of a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics cell phone when it was used during the sting, according to court documents. A judge initially said Weiner could have the records, then ordered they not be provided before the matter is discussed Thursday in a pretrial hearing. The trial begins July 27 in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Weiner’s defense team wants the telephone records from May 15 to May 17, which corresponds with dates when Weiner allegedly had conversations with an undercover agent he thought was a prostitute, according to court records.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a motion Tuesday that Weiner is not entitled to the records. The phone number Weiner is seeking records for appeared on the document. A woman who answered the phone seemed surprised to get a call from a reporter and would not answer any questions. She gave The Associated Press a number for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

An MBN spokeswoman referred questions to the U.S. attorney’s office. The U.S. attorney’s office had no immediate comment Wednesday.

The federal investigation began in December when Weiner’s former colleague gave the FBI “electronic communications” from a work computer, according to court records.

An agent began monitoring, which he described as an online chat room for wealthy “Sugardaddies.” Federal agents used messages, allegedly between Weiner and others, to obtain a search warrant to view Weiner’s e-mails.

An undercover agent began communicating with Weiner by computer and telephone and they eventually arranged to meet for a sexual encounter with another supposed prostitute, according to an FBI affidavit. Authorities say Weiner offered to pay the women $400 each.

Weiner is free on $20,000 bond.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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