D.C. Council candidate Kevin B. Chavous pleaded not guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution, setting up a trial in the coming months.
Chavous, who has remained mum about his Dec. 16 arrest even as he continues his campaign, declined to discuss any specifics about the incident after entering his plea.
“I am looking forward to being able to tell my story at this courthouse and letting the system play out,” he said outside a D.C. Superior Court room. Chavous, a Democrat, is seeking the Ward 7 Council seat now held by Yvette M. Alexander (D) and once held by his father, Kevin P. Chavous.
Chavous, 27, was accompanied in the courtroom Monday by attorney David Benowitz and his girlfriend. In what are routine pre-trial orders, he was ordered to undergo a drug test and stay away from the site of his arrest, on the unit block of K Street NE.
Chavous declined to give his version of events that night, but charging documents filed by prosecutors include new details on the bust.
At approximately 1:40 a.m., Chavous is alleged to have approached undercover officer Tracee Chamberlaine, who was “in the area to combat the numerous complaints of prostitution,” and asked, “Hey, you need a ride?”
Said Chamberlaine, “No, what are you offering first?”
“I can show you,” Chavous said, according to court papers.
At that point, Chamberlaine offered to perform oral sex; Chavous is said to have assented, and the officer suggested a price of $20.
“OK, cool,” he said, according to the filing. Chamberlaine then told him to ”meet me up the block.”
At that point, authorities say that Chavous had a question: “You aren’t the police, are you?”
“Hell, no,” said Chamberlaine.
Chavous was then arrested. He will appear for an initial conference before Superior Court Judge Juliet J. McKenna on Jan. 24. Leah Gurowitz, a Superior Court spokeswoman, said misdemeanor trials tend to be scheduled 30 to 60 days after the initial conference. That could mean Chavous will stand trial in the weeks leading up to the April 3 primary election.