Suspect in prostitution sting hired as Assistant D.A.
By Editor Powell Cobb
Reprinted with permission
A former Gwinnett County assistant district attorney arrested in January on charges related to a prostitution ring bust in Dunwoody was hired by Joe Mulholland, the district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.
Christopher Quinn, 46, resigned from his position on Feb. 24 and was hired by Mulholland this month. He will work as an assistant district attorney.
Police busted a high-end escort service operated out of a Dunwoody apartment complex and another service that had locations in Dunwoody and Atlanta in January.
Quinn turned himself in to DeKalb County police on Jan. 14 and was charged with pandering and violating Georgia’s felony racketeering statute in relation to the bust. He has not been convicted.
“I talked to his wife and the district attorney he worked for up there,” Mulholland said. With family close by in Florida, Mulholland and Quinn agreed moving to the South Georgia Judicial Circuit would be a fresh start.
Mulholland added he has known Quinn for 15 years, and claimed he is one of the most highly respected prosecutors in the state.
“He did something really stupid,” Mulholland said. “Everyone makes mistakes. The whole point of justice system is to rehabilitate.”
Quinn was originally suspended with pay by Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter. He ultimately decided to resign under no pressure from Porter.
“He thought it would be the best thing for the office if he resigned,” Porter told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “I reluctantly accepted because I have a lot of respect for Chris.”
Quinn worked as an appeals attorney in Gwinnett County.
If convicted of the felony racketeering charges, Quinn will automatically lose his license to practice law.