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Honor Student Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail for Prostitution

September 13, 1994

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ An honor-roll college student who worked as an $150-an-hour prostitute was sentenced to the maximum 90 days in jail by a justice who didn’t approve of her paid talk-show appearances.

Tracey V. Mehm, 23, was sentenced Monday by Town Justice Thomas J. Kolbert for her first offense.

″This court cannot condone a blatant attempt to capitalize on illegal activities,″ Kolbert said. ″Your conduct, since your arrest, sends the wrong message.″

Ms. Mehm had a 3.8 grade point average at Buffalo State College. She was arrested in March after accepting $150 from an undercover officer. She told talk show audiences she needed to pay for tuition.

Ms. Mehm’s lawyer said he would appeal because the sentence was unusually harsh. Her mother, Patti Lynn Babajane, was outraged and accused prosecutors of a ″witch hunt.″

Ms. Mehm also was fined $100 for disorderly conduct for tipping off her pimp that he was under surveillance.

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