WESTPORT, Conn. – A 71-year-old Westport woman who last month was charged with prostitution by Glastonbury police told the Hartford Courant on Wednesday she did not offer sex in exchange for money the night she was arrested.
Instead, Sygun Liebhart, who appeared in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, told the newspaper she accepted money to go out to dinner with a man, who turned out to an undercover police officer.
Police said that on Jan. 25, Liebhart — using the name “Lola” — placed an escort ad on the website Backpage.com. Police responded to the ad and sent an undercover officer to Liebhart’s hotel room at the Homewood Suites in Glastonbury that evening. She was arrested after police said she made a deal to perform sexual acts for money.
Liebhart told the newspaper that, because of her age and an undisclosed health problem, she is unable to find a traditional job. As such, she said she “sporadically” accepted money to be a hired companion, but that sex was never involved.
At her court appearance, Liebhart applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that essentially gives first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes a second chance.
Through the program, a person is placed on probation for up to two years. If the person successfully completes the program, the charges against him or her are dismissed.
Due to the attention her arrest generated, Liebhart told the Courant she moved from Westport to Manhattan. She is scheduled to appear in court again on April 2.
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