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Another target of Metro vice detectives was arrested today in Pittsburgh. It's an I-Team exclusive involving a professional athlete from Las Vegas.
The suspects name is Richard Seigler. He's a professional football player who, until Thursday morning, was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, he's charged with running a prostitution operation on the streets of Las Vegas.
Seigler attended Chaparral High School and was drafted in 2004 as a linebacker by the San Francisco 49ers. For the past two seasons, he's been a Pittsburgh Steeler wearing number 95. The Steelers web site described him as a powerful tackler with good hands.
However, on the same day that Seigler was arrested in Pittsburgh on a warrant out of Las Vegas, the Steelers announced he was cut from the team's practice squad.
Seigler, wearing number 51 in the file photo from the Las Vegas Bowl a few years ago, became a suspect as Metro vice officers probed a juvenile prostitution case. They found out that Seigler allegedly tried to entice a girl to work as one of his hookers, and then learned that he has other women working for him as escorts in Las Vegas.
Metro Vice Sgt. Gil Shannon told the I-Team Thursday afternoon, "It started in December of 2006. We were conducting a juvenile pandering investigation. Various sources led us to identify the suspect as Richard Seigler. He was trying to get women to work for him. Our initial subject had mentioned prostitution. Through related investigations we found more women here in Las Vegas working as prostitutes."
The warrant for his arrest was signed late last week and other law enforcement agencies have been looking for Seigler, who apparently knew he was the subject of an investigation.
Thursday morning, the Steelers told him he had been cut form the team and also that U.S. Marshals were looking for him. Exactly how the team was tipped off is something Metro would like to know. Law enforcement sources told the I-Team that a Pittsburgh police lieutenant is also the chief of security for the team.
In any case, Seigler faces three felony counts, including pandering and living off the earnings of a prostitute. If convicted, he could face up to ten years.