Harford couple facing prostitution charges

September 17, 1992|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

A Churchville husband and wife have been charged with running a prostitution operation at their rural home, where police said the couple secretly videotaped clients having sex with the woman.

Julie Gaye Burchett, 40, and her husband, Robert Dean Burchett Sr., 49, were being held yesterday at the Harford County Detention Center. Bail was set at $50,000 each.

Their arrests Tuesday resulted from a state police investigation into alleged prostitution. An undercover state trooper, posing as a customer, checked into an ad in the City Paper for a massage parlor called J.G.'s Body Tender, said Joseph I. Cassilly, the Harford County state's attorney.

When the undercover trooper visited the Burchetts' home Aug. 28, Mrs. Burchett offered him sex for money, police said. She was charged with solicitation for prostitution and maintaining a residence for prostitution, Mr. Cassilly said.

He said no women other than Mrs. Burchett are thought to have been involved in the alleged prostitution at the Burchetts' home in the 2500 block of Calvary Road.

The same day, troopers seized videotapes, records and other evidence, Mr. Cassilly said. "We're guessing from records and other information that this has been going on three years," he said. "We're not clear how long they have lived there. Some of this took place at another location."

Mr. Burchett was charged with child abuse, the production of child pornography and maintaining a residence for prostitution, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a state police spokesman. Mrs. Burchett was charged with child abuse Tuesday.

The child-abuse charge stemmed from a sexually explicit videotape of one of Mrs. Burchett's daughters that was made when the child was a minor, police said. Troopers reported seizing that videotape in August.

No children are living at the home now, police said.

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