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Charges Dropped Against Cody Castagna in WA Extortion Case

All charges against Cody Castagna, the escort involved in the late-night sexual rendezvous with former Washington state Rep. Richard Curtis which led to the lawmaker's subsequent resignation, have been dropped after Curtis sent a letter to prosecutors indicating that he does not wish to proceed with the case. In December, Castagna was charged on six counts by Spokane County prosecutors including theft, conspiracy, and extortion. He pleaded not guilty on all six counts.

CastagnaSaid the letter: "After speaking with the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and discussing my further participation of the prosecution of the defendants, I am requesting that I not be requested to testify...My wife, daughters, and son-in-law have paid a high price for my actions and also the actions of the defendants...We, as a family, have weighed the costs vs. benefits of testifying and have decided that going through the criminal process would be more detrimental than good...My wife, daughters and son-in-law have paid a very high price for my actions and also the actions of the defendants...My family and I have found ourselves closer as a result and are settled into a new chapter in our lives and are moving past this incident...I am sure you can understand that this has been a very traumatic event for all of us."

Curtis resigned from his position as a state legislator last October because of the scandal.

Early last month, Curtis was ordered to meet with Castagna and face a tough new line of questioning. Curtis is apparently in exile "at an undisclosed location" and the taxpayers were to foot the bill for that trip. This may have been part of Curtis' decision to drop the charges. Watch the news clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

(apologies, the sound cuts out at a certain point)

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  1. Funny that criminal allegations are audible, but extended comments by the defense attorney are not?

    Posted by: George | Jun 17, 2008 11:11:51 AM

  2. Translation: Rep. Curtis had some more dirty skeletons in his little ole gay closet that he didn't wan't coming out in court and on the public record.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 17, 2008 12:02:28 PM

  3. You might be right, Zeke, because otherwise it doesn't make sense. He outed himself in order to press the charges originally, and now he doesn't want to go through with it?? Weird. I suspect that either they had sex before (more than once), or Curtis will face cross that outlines other sex partners or drug use. It's unclear what his wife knows about him.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 17, 2008 12:33:49 PM

  4. Skeletons indeed. Closet cases and "str8" guys who dabble always have the freakiest shit in their closets.

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 17, 2008 12:43:52 PM

  5. Good.

    People become sex workers for any number reasons but none of them include being maligned by the press or scapegoated by sanctimonious prosecutors.

    The only guilty parties here are politicians of both parties who rent boys by the hour but refuse to repeal DOMA and DADT and go out of their way to scrap ENDA and the hate crimes law.

    “There oughta be a law”, but since these closeted homophobes write the laws there won’t be.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Jun 17, 2008 9:25:35 PM

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