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CLEVELAND -- A 71-year-old Willoughby Hills man was arraigned in court this morning on charges he ran a brothel out of a Bedford office building.

James Walsh entered a not guilty plea in court.  He faces more than a dozen charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

The judge set bond at $10,000.  A pre-trial has been scheduled for October 24.

Officers started the investigation after one of the women at the office building suffered from an overdose.

The building in which the alleged brothel was housed was located in the 400 block of Northfield Road.

Customers of what was known as "Studio 54" were required to sign a waiver that they were not undercover police officers, and some men used credit cards to pay for their bills. 

Raids of the property were conducted on Sept. 30 by police officers from Bedford and Willoughby Hills and agents from the U.S. Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service.

Gannett / USA Today

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