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Coalport man held in alleged prostitution sting

Police also accuse Weakland of drug offenses

The Blair County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a Clearfield County man accused of arranging to meet a prostitute in Logan Township.

According to charges filed by Blair County Detective Randy Feathers, it started on May 6 with a Logan Township police investigation that involved a suspected prostitute. The woman agreed to work with police, and when Brian G. Weakland, 61, of Coalport sent her a text message about 4 a.m. Wednesday to ask if she was awake because he was in Altoona, it was police who responded a few hours later.

Police allege that when a message was sent back to Weakland about 7:30 a.m. to ask what he wanted, Weakland responded, “We had talked about a long session with some party and plain like on an overnight.”

Police said Weakland and the suspected prostitute had previously agreed he would pay the woman $450 to spend the night with him at the Cedar Grove Motel, so police responded it would be $450.

Weakland allegedly agreed and in the text stated he had “crystal, molly, green, hash, cash,” the charges state.

Arrangements were made to meet at a convenience store on Frankstown Road at 8:30 a.m. and Weakland sent a picture of his motorcycle to the woman’s phone.

When Weakland showed up at the store, where he parked at the gas pumps, Feathers and a Logan Township officer approached him and read him his rights, according to the charges.

Weakland allegedly admitted he was in Altoona to “meet a girl and that he had drugs in his inside vest,” Feathers wrote in the charges.

Police seized a total of four white pills Weakland said were Vicodin, along with a small capsule he said contained methamphetamine. An inhaler, a syringe and a pipe were also confiscated by police and Weakland allegedly admitted he had agreed to pay the woman $450, but said he hadn’t done anything yet.

Weakland also told officers he intended to “share” the drugs with the woman, according to the charges. Police also said he used the suspected prostitute’s name when he spoke about her.

Weakland faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges along with a misdemeanor count of patronizing a prostitute.

Weakland was arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Matt Dunio and released on an unsecured $25,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is slated for Thursday.

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