Prostitution case against ex-city official postponed

Posted: May 14, 2014

The Winchester Star

Jim Deskins

WOODSTOCK — Former Winchester Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jim Deskins had his prostitution case continued Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley on Tuesday said the case was continued until June 9.

Deskins, 59, who was also the director of economic redevelopment for the city, resigned April 3 following his March 29 arrest at a Shenandoah County hotel where he’d allegedly arranged to meet a prostitute.

He was charged with solicitation of prostitution and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said a smoking device and small amount of marijuana were found on Deskins, 59, while he was being processed at the Shenandoah County Jail.

Carter said the arrest was part of a wider investigation involving police departments from Winchester, Woodstock, Mount Jackson and New Market, as well as Shenandoah County sheriff’s investigators assigned to the drug task force and the Northwest Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.

On Tuesday, Wiseley said Deskins’ case was continued because her office needs to get a video recording to Deskins’ defense counsel. The recording was of Deskins allegedly meeting with an informant posing as a prostitute, she said.

“They haven’t had an opportunity to review the recording yet,” Wiseley said.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com