Ex-NFL player charged with running prostitution ring

Updated: September 30, 2005, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- Former NFL player Bob Buczkowski was charged with running a prostitution ring with his girlfriend.

Buczkowski and Amy Schifano were arrested Thursday on drug, prostitution, corrupt organization and other charges. They face a preliminary hearing Oct. 6.

Buczkowski, a 41-year-old former defensive lineman at Pittsburgh, played in the NFL for three years, beginning in 1987. He made appearances for the Raiders and Cardinals before playing 15 games for Cleveland in 1990. He was hampered by back problems and cut by Seattle in 1991.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the operation did business through ads in a weekly entertainment newspaper and generated up to $1 million in prostitution and drug sales from February 2003 until June.

Buczkowski and Schifano also were accused of arranging drug sales in the Monroeville area and using the escort service's cell phones to set up the deals.

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