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Facing Charges Of Patronizing A Hooker, ADA Quits His Job

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Under investigation for soliciting an undercover cop posing as a prostitute, a high-ranking Queens assistant district attorney resigned this week, said a spokesperson from the D.A.’s office.

Michael Connolly, 49, was arrested on December 28, 2001 as part of a sting operation organized by the 109th Precinct.

The ADA allegedly offered a female officer $20 for oral sex in the industrial neighborhood of 33rd Avenue and Miller Street in Flushing.

Six other suspected johns were also nabbed in the bust, titled “Operation Losing Prostitution.”

Connolly was arraigned the next day and released into his own custody.

The Flushing resident was immediately suspended without pay from his $98,000-a-year job, working directly under District Attorney Richard Brown.

A 23-year veteran of the D.A.’s office, Connolly was assigned to the civil enforcement bureau, which prosecutes quality of life crimes, in 1993.

Ironically, Connolly has overseen several recent high-profile cases targeting prostitution and pimps in the area of Long Island City.

In June, Connolly prosecuted two men, Gavin Clark of Jamaica and James Pope of Manhattan, who had forced a 12-year-old girl at knifepoint to prostitute herself in the neighborhood of Queens Plaza.

In October, Connolly was assigned to “Operation Plaza Boys,” an investigation that led to the arrest of six alleged pimps, also operating out of Queens Plaza.

Recent reports indicate that Connolly has since confessed to patronizing a prostitute, a Class B misdemeanor.

He faces a maximum penalty of three months in jail or a $500 fine.

A special prosecutor from the Bronx has been assigned to the case, and Connolly is due back in court on Wednesday, January 23rd.

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