Gwinnett prosecutor charged in high-end prostitution ring resigns

The Gwinnett County prosecutor arrested last month in connection with a high-end prostitution ring has tendered his resignation, District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Porter said Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn informed him Monday that he would resign with an effective date of Feb. 24.

“Basically what he said was he had decided that he did not want to subject this office to any more controversy,” Porter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Quinn, 46, was one of 56 people arrested during a Dunwoody police crackdown on the "Gold Club" and "Lipstick and Shoes," which authorities described as high-end escort services operating out of local apartment complexes.  Arrest warrants previously obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution allege that Quinn was caught on camera while having sex with a prostitute.

The prosecutor was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with pandering and violation of Georgia's felony racketeering statute. He was released two days after his arrest — and went back to work with the district attorney's office.

Quinn, who previously played roles in arguing appellate court and pre-trial death penalty motions, performed “limited duties” after his arrest, Porter has said. That involved helping prepare briefs and other documents for fellow prosecutors.

Porter defended that arrangement, saying he was waiting to make a final decision until he got more information from Dunwoody police and that he didn’t believe in suspension with pay.

Quinn had worked with the Gwinnett District Attorney’s Office for “three or four years,” Porter said, and had a lengthy career with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office before that.

Porter said he believes Quinn has “a plan for future employment” but that it’s not with Gwinnett County.

Messages left with Quinn’s attorney, Noah Pines, were not immediately returned Friday.

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