- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing of an Arizona man who was convicted operating a brothel out of his pornography production studio (all times local):

3:29 p.m.

Sentencing has been postponed for an Arizona man convicted of operating a brothel out of his pornography production studio.

William Hartwell was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but it was delayed so a July 14 hearing can be held to examine any circumstances that might lead to a more lenient sentence.

He was found guilty two months ago on 10 felony charges that included operating a house of prostitution, pandering and sexual assault.



Prosecutors are seeking a 44-year sentence.

Hartwell insisted he ran a legitimate studio where amateurs could rent cameras, lights and props to create their own sex scenes with the help of a model.

But authorities say Hartwell’s studio was nothing more than a cleverly disguised brothel that raked in $40,000 a month in profits.

1:52 a.m.

Sentencing has been postponed for an Arizona man convicted of operating a brothel out of his pornography production studio.

William Hartwell was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but it was delayed so a July 14 hearing can be held to examine any circumstances that might lead to a more lenient sentence.

He was found guilty two months ago on 10 felony charges that included operating a house of prostitution, pandering and sexual assault.

Prosecutors are seeking a 44-year sentence.

Hartwell insisted he ran a legitimate studio where amateurs could rent cameras, lights and props to create their own sex scenes with the help of a model.

But authorities say Hartwell’s studio was nothing more than a cleverly disguised brothel that raked in $40,000 a month in profits.

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