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ACORN’s Recent History With Prostitution



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Perhaps we shouldn’t have been completely surprised by the videos we’ve seen of ACORN workers offering assistance to prostitution rings.

I mean, there was Cincinnati . . .

Shari Bell, 41, of Walnut Hills was arrested Wednesday night by Cincinnati police, reported WCPO, NewsChannel5’s Cincinnati sister station.

Bell allegedly approached an undercover officer’s car in Evanston and offered him sex for money. Police also said they found a crack pipe in Bell’s coat pocket. Bell told police she works for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now at the time of her arrest.

And then there was Cleveland:

An Ohio man who cast an illegal early ballot after being caught registering to vote several times with ACORN is a longtime scammer who was arrested last year – as a woman.

The bizarre tale of Darnell Nash – a k a Serina “Sexy Slay” Gibbs – came to light after Cuyahoga County election officials charged him with voter fraud and this week turned him in to prosecutors.

It turns out that Nash, 24, who has a criminal record as a man, is now a transsexual escort who claims to make $150 an hour turning tricks as the self-proclaimed “Queen of Cleveland Gender Benders.”

Maybe this really is just another day at the office for the folks at ACORN . . .

UPDATE: Then there’s Milwaukee:

At least seven felons convicted of crimes including cocaine possession and robbery were recruited by a liberal group to register voters in Milwaukee, raising fears they may have committed voter fraud . . . Along with the seven felons, court records show one special registration deputy has a pending felony charge for heroin possession and another is facing a misdemeanor prostitution charge. A third was convicted of misdemeanor prostitution.

ANOTHER UPDATE: And I guess we shouldn’t be stunned by the nonchalant reaction to underage prostitution, considering the history of New Mexico branch:

The head of a community reform organization faces sentencing after pleading no contest to two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor in Torrance County. Ben McGartland of Albuquerque, head of the New Mexico chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, was charged in July in state District Court in Estancia with 10 counts, including second-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of criminal sexual contact, attempt to commit a felony, kidnapping, concealing identity, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.


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