- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 20, 2001

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) An Associated Press examination of an escort service's address book has identified no public officials except a Frederick alderman who previously acknowledged his dealings with the business.
The computerized address book was among materials seized by police that a judge turned over to the Frederick News-Post and the AP last month after ruling the documents were public records.
The News-Post also reported Tuesday that its investigation of the documents so far has not implicated any other public officials besides the alderman.
The news organizations are still seeking access to other records police seized from the escort service in 1999, possibly including more client names. The investigation stems from charges that a former police chief used the potentially embarrassing information to gain favorable treatment from elected officials.
The address book contains more than 500 men's names, many accompanied by addresses, telephone numbers, dates and other information that appear to document their meetings with women from the Corporate Affair escort service from 1996 through 1998.
The address book constitutes a fraction of the material, in computer files and paper binders, obtained by the news organizations. It seemed to offer the best prospects, though, because its entries include Alderman Blaine Young, who previously acknowledged his dealings with the escort service.
Mr. Young said in June, after the News-Post reported the listing based on anonymous police sources, that he had hired women from the escort service to dance at parties.
Mr. Young chose not to seek re-election last month. His term ends next month.
Charlene Edmonds, president of the Frederick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, publicly charged that there was a connection between Corporate Affair and city officials in November 2000. Miss Edmonds said Monday that Mr. Young was the only official she ever understood to have been involved.
Mr. Young stood by former Police Chief Regis Raffensberger after the chief was caught sending an officer to spy on Miss Edmonds' house and suspended for two weeks in autumn 2000. Miss Edmonds suggested Mr. Raffensberger, who has since resigned, would have been punished more severely had Mr. Young not taken his side.
Miss Edmonds said she had received information "that the reason Blaine Young continued to take sides with the chief was because of this [prostitution] ring, and that they were continuing to hold this over his head."
Mr. Young has denied any connection between the Corporate Affair records and his support for Mr. Raffensberger.

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