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    A alleged leader of Mummers prostitution ring will stand trial

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for Lawrence Crovetti, the man who allegedly led the prostitution ring that met monthly inside the clubhouse of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade.

    Crovetti was among those arrested early last month after a police investigation uncovered prostitution taking place inside the South Philadelphia Mummers facility. Ten women were arrested on sex charges and two men were taken into custody for liquor violations.

    Update, 2:30 p.m. Crovetti will stand trial, KYW reports, after three police officers testified today to what they saw in the Downtowners club during their investigation. Crovetti’s lawyer maintains his client was only in charge of collecting the $30 cover fee and hire what were only supposed to be dancers. But the prosecution says Crovetti ran the prostitution ring that police broke up last month.

    Fox29 reports Crovetti is charged with with promoting prostitution, conspiracy and unlawful sales of liquor.

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