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April 2, 2008 04:14 PM

Stabenow's husband caught in Troy prostitution sting, police report says

Jennifer Chambers / The Detroit News

TROY -- The co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio and husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes, according to a police report.

Thomas L. Athans was stopped Feb. 26 by undercover officers investigating a possible prostitution ring in a room at the Residence Inn near Big Beaver and Interstate 75. Athans paid a 20-year-old prostitute $150 for sex in a Troy hotel but was not arrested, according to police reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Detroit News. The police report said officers observed Athans enter a room under surveillance and leave 15 minutes later. Detectives followed and stopped Athans' silver 2002 Cadillac DeVille on Interstate 75 near Square Lake Road.

I do so love that he was arrested in a town called Big Beaver.  That's almost as embarrassing as the report that he left "15 minutes later."  You know they put that part in on purpose. 

And he drives a 2002 Cadillac DeVille.  How typical.  Wonder what he looks like?

Yep, he's pretty much as you would have guessed.


Not surprised. However, what does continue to absolutely shock me every time is the verbatum quote below. How many times do we hear of supposedly "smart", educated people, many of them people with law degrees (not real lawyers - those are worth every penny), talking to police about anything other than the address on their license and the weather. Because that's all they would ever get (or have gotten) from me. I don't care if it's running a stoplight -- I know my rights, and by golly I am going to exercise them.

"... according to the report. Athans was pulled over by police on I-75 minutes after leaving the Residence Inn on Livernois, just east of I-75 and south of Big Beaver, the evening of Feb. 26. He was driving a Cadillac DeVille registered jointly to him and Stabenow at their address in Lansing. He was ticketed for driving on a suspended license. When questioned during the stop, he acknowledged he had been at the hotel with a woman he met on the Internet. On further questioning, he acknowledged he had paid the woman $150 for sex."

jackscrow   ·  April 2, 2008 06:21 PM

Btw, congratulations on the progeny.

Hopefully healthy and ok.

May it be a scientist with many profitable patents.

jackscrow   ·  April 2, 2008 06:24 PM

The long arm of the law even in Big Beaver.

Anonymous   ·  April 2, 2008 08:17 PM

You have time to write about some fat, pond scum, low life, but not about the new, really short one! Come on, Dad.

warren   ·  April 2, 2008 08:44 PM

Warren, I know. But I have been really busy and it is almost too personal to write about. Maybe that is weird. I don't know.

Jackscrow, thanks.

NBS   ·  April 2, 2008 09:31 PM

Weird? not at all, just very sweet. Your feelings are respected, here. All the best. You are all in my prayers.

warren   ·  April 3, 2008 09:00 AM

Big Beaver is a road, not a town. However, it is Exit 69. Seriously.

Anonymous   ·  April 22, 2008 04:04 PM

Finally, Troy has its revenge with a sting operation on Athans!

Michael   ·  April 22, 2008 04:41 PM

Big Beaver is not a town. It's a road in Troy that is only called Big Beaver within Troy city limits.

It's technically just 16 Mile Road, which isn't nearly as fun, I know.

TroyTroyington   ·  April 22, 2008 05:08 PM

Let's see: $150 for 15 minutes, equivalent to $600/hour. Wow, to think that I could be billing out at the level of a low-end partner without having gone to law school!

Magliovelli   ·  April 22, 2008 07:20 PM

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