Arraignment of alleged pimp postponed until end of April
April 2, 2002
The arraignment of alleged pimp Elizabeth Ann Koeppel was postponed again Monday as attorneys continue “fruitful discussions” in the case.
Koeppel, 44, appeared in Pitkin County District Court yesterday for what was expected to be her arraignment on a charge of conspiracy to commit pimping. But her defense attorneys instead requested a continuance.
Attorney Gerald Goldstein told the court that he and co-counsel Ronald Pentz are “engaged in some fruitful discussions” with the prosecutors that could affect the case’s outcome.
Goldstein said the defense is also waiting on the arrival of “certain necessary records” before Koeppel enters a plea. He did not comment on the possibility of a plea agreement.
Pentz, who practices law in Aspen and Michigan, was granted permission by the court to officially represent Koeppel as her second attorney.
Koeppel was arrested in December after an anonymous letter from a concerned mother prompted an investigation of her business, “Escorts of Aspen.” Though advertisements billed it as a massage and tour guide business, the letter sent to various valley law enforcement agencies described it as a prostitution ring run from Koeppel’s Aspen home.
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An undercover agent posing as a potential employee allegedly taped Koeppel bragging about how much money she could make for spending the night with a client. She also allegedly told the officer that her business includes hiring girls “in their teens” for the “full service” escort business.
Koeppel’s arraignment was postponed until April 29.