Solicitation, pot case delayed until May 12

Posted: April 15, 2014

The Winchester Star

Jim Deskins

WOODSTOCK — A former city of Winchester official had his case in Shenandoah County General District Court delayed Monday until May 12.

Jim Deskins, former director of economic redevelopment for the city as well as being the executive director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority, resigned April 3 following his March 29 arrest at a Shenandoah County hotel where he’d allegedly arranged to meet a prostitute.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office charged him 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.

“Deskins arrived at an undercover site ... and offered the confidential informant $100 in exchange for sexual services,” stated a criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County General District Court by drug task force investigator Sgt. Brent Lutz.

Deskins wasn’t present in court Monday, and his attorney, Beau Bassler, had already left when his case was called.

Monday was Deskins’ first scheduled court date following his arrest.

City Manager Dale Iman is serving as interim director of economic redevelopment.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com