Navy instructor listed in `D.C. Madam' case

Academy teacher was a `contractor'

May 03, 2007|By Bradley Olson | Bradley Olson,sun reporter

A Naval Academy instructor worked as an "independent contractor" for a Washington-area escort service whose owner is accused in federal charges of running a prostitution ring, the escort service's former owner's lawyer said last night.

Montgomery Blair Sibley, an attorney who represents Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam, in a related civil case involving the government's seizure of her assets, confirmed a report yesterday on the Navy Times Web site that the female academy teacher was among 132 contractors who provided "legal sexual and erotic services" to clients in the greater Washington area.

He declined to identify the instructor but said she had been identified by ABC News, to whom he and Palfrey have turned over phone records from the former business, Pamela Martin & Associates, which operated in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.

Sibley said he did not know whether the woman was still assigned to the academy, but that she had contacted Palfrey as recently as October - two months after the business had been shut down - "wanting to go back to work because she had been on a hiatus for a while."

"Jeane feels horrible about this one coming out," Sibley said of the instructor's identity, noting in a telephone interview last night that Palfrey had not wanted her contractors to be identified.

ABC News, which has culled a handful of high-profile names from the phone records, plans to run an investigative report about the case Friday on its 20/20 program, and Sibley said he couldn't comment further about the academy instructor because of a promise to give the network an exclusive story.

Few specifics have been revealed about those who worked for Palfrey, but she has said the women were highly educated professionals in business and the military. According to court documents, she recruited through the University of Maryland's Diamondback student newspaper.

The names of several high-profile men who used the service have trickled out in recent weeks.

Randall Tobias, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, resigned last week after admitting to ABC that he had used the service for massages. Harlan K. Ullman, a former military officer who coined the term "Shock and Awe," was also identified in court papers filed by Palfrey's defense team as a client, although he has denied it.

The allegation that a former academy instructor worked for Palfrey's service follows this week's revelation that a Navy doctor who hosted midshipmen on holidays and weekends is under investigation by the military over allegations that he made secret video recordings of midshipmen having sex in his Annapolis-area home, according to several legal and Navy sources familiar with the investigation.

Palfrey was indicted March 1 on federal racketeering charges in connection with allegations that she ran a call-girl service for 13 years in the greater Washington-area from the state of California.

bradley.olson@baltsun.com

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