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DA to file pandering charges on professor

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Tuesday he intends to file pandering charges against an Emory professor who allegedly was a customer of the infamous "Mansion Madam" prostitution ring, the last of such charges in the case.

Investigators believe James "Jay" O. Morgan III, a urologist at the Emory University School of Medicine, was a client of the Sugarloaf Country Club brothel operated by former Penthouse Pet Lisa Ann Taylor.

Taylor pleaded guilty in October 2007 to prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution and cocaine possession. She was sentenced to seven years probation.

Porter, who intends to file the misdemeanor charges in the next week, said the late-natured filing - the last in the case - was an oversight on his part. Two other men were sentenced in late 2007 to 12 months probation in addition to a fine.

"I was asked about it ... I was trying to tie up a loose end," Porter said Tuesday.

Porter added he has recently been in contact with Morgan's attorney regarding the doctor's legal fate, but that no resolution has been reached at this point.

Morgan could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

According to the medical school's Web site, Morgan received his M.D. from the University of Alabama and completed a general surgery and urology residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, La.

The saga began in January 2007, when police arrested Taylor and associate Nicole Probert, allegedly for running a brothel in Taylor's $1.1 million home in the elite Duluth neighborhood. Clients allegedly paid upwards of $10,000 for a weekend jaunt.

Prosecutors later dropped all charges against Probert for cooperating with investigators.