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One of the country's top federal judges has been linked to an investigation of a Denver-based prostitution ring, according to federal officials.
Edward Nottingham, the chief federal judge in Denver, Colo., was "implicated as a customer" in an ongoing IRS and Denver police investigation of an alleged prostitution operation called Denver Sugar/Denver Players, according to officials.
The service advertised on the Internet as having "gorgeous adult Colorado companions."
According to a Denver television station, KUSA, Judge Nottingham's nickname among the prostitutes was "Naughty."
Several "professional athletes," lawyers and businessmen are also involved, officials said.
Unlike the prostitution investigation in New York that led to this week's resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the Denver case has received little attention outside Colorado.
Judge Nottingham's conduct has been in question twice before. Last year, the Denver Post reported that FBI agents questioned his ex-wife "after she revealed he spent thousands of dollars at the Diamond Cabaret strip club and subscribed to an Internet dating site that contains pornography."