HARRISBURG — David Baer, charged June 27 with patronizing prostitutes, apparently has been fired from his job as news director for CBS 21.
A source close to the station confirmed Monday that Baer has been dismissed. When The Sentinel contacted the TV station newsroom and asked to speak to Baer, a woman answering the phone said, “He no longer works here.”
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the corporation that owns CBS 21, posted an ad for a news director on its website on July 8.
Swatara Township Police June 27 arrested three people during a prostitution sting operation at a local hotel.
Baer, 63, of Harrisburg, was charged with patronizing prostitutes, court records show. Marlene McEwan, 42, of New York, and Monique Korte, 31, of Mt. Carmel, were also arrested and charged with prostitution, township police said.
A check online of the docket shows that the charge filed against Baer is still awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Kenneth A. Lenker.
Preliminary hearings scheduled Aug. 2 and 23 have been continued. Baer is represented by attorney Casey Grey Shore, of Harrisburg, who was unavailable for comment Monday night.
Township detectives along with agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an enforcement detail targeting prostitution activity in township hotels.