- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A suspended southwestern Pennsylvania police officer has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he tipped off a woman he used to date about a prostitution sting.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/13HJY45 ) says 39-year-old Joshua Rush, of North Strabane, waived Tuesday’s hearing on obstruction of justice and other charges.

Rush, an officer for the Washington, Pennsylvania police, allegedly texted 31-year-old Beth Ann Davis to warn her on Sept. 17 of an undercover sting by the Washington County district attorney’s office.

Davis, of Wheeling, West Virginia, faces a preliminary hearing in December on charges that she offered another undercover officer sex for “donations.”

Police say Rush arrested Davis for prostitution in 2007 then proceeded to date her for about five years.

By waiving the hearing, Rush must now stand trial or work out a plea bargain.

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