Woman sentenced to 1 year of probation for prostitution
June 18, 2002
An Aspen woman originally arrested for running a prostitution ring was sentenced to a year of probation Monday in Pitkin County District Court.
Elizabeth Ann Koeppel, 44, was arrested in December and charged with conspiracy to commit pimping when a police investigation allegedly discovered that she was hiring underage girls to work for her “full-service” escort service, Escorts of Aspen. Monday’s sentence came after a plea bargain. In late April, Koeppel pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution.
Judge J.E. DeVilbiss began the brief sentencing hearing by outlining the “significant stipulations” in Koeppel’s case. In order to qualify for probation, Koeppel – who moved to Dallas recently – must maintain a steady job. Her attorneys reported that she has already met that requirement by accepting a position with a large construction company.
Koeppel must also make at least two appointments per month with a Dallas mental health specialist, DeVilbiss said. Dr. Frank Lewis, a counselor based in Dallas, has agreed to supervise Koeppel and serve as the eyes and ears of the local probation department.
Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills said this aspect of Koeppel’s probation seemed the most important in helping the defendant “make some adjustments in her life and to her lifestyle.
“We’ve approached this just as much as a mental health case as any other kind of case,” Wills said. “The focus of this case is that it gives her a chance to make some changes in her life.”
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Gerald Goldstein, one of two local attorneys Koeppel hired after her initial arrest, provided the names and addresses for his client’s therapists and supervisors in Texas.
Before DeVilbiss sentenced Koeppel, the judge asked her again whether she agreed with the prostitution charge.
“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?” DeVilbiss asked.
“Yes I am, your honor,” Koeppel answered.
She declined when asked whether she wanted to address the court before her sentencing.
“No, your honor – I’m just sorry for what I did,” she told DeVilbiss.
When DeVilbiss asked Wills about an appropriate length of time for Koeppel’s probation, the prosecutor suggested two years. However, Goldstein countered with a one-year sentence, which DeVilbiss accepted.