2 sentenced in NJ sex video blackmail case

December 17, 2009 3:18:51 PM PST
Two men convicted in a videotaped sex sting of an Atlantic City councilman are going to prison.

A judge Thursday sentenced Ronald Callaway, also known as Jihad Q. Abdullah, to 9 years behind bars. He'll be eligible for parole after four.

Floyd Tally was sentenced to 12 years, with parole eligibility in six.

The judge told the men the crime perpetuates Atlantic City politics as "a dirty business."

Tally and Callaway were found guilty of conspiracy, criminal coercion and invasion of privacy.

The charges involved the clandestine videotaping in 2006 of Councilman Eugene Robinson. The Baptist minister was lured to a motel and received oral sex from a prostitute hired by the defendants and the mastermind of the scheme, former Council President Craig Callaway.

Former Councilman Robinson was not in court, but in a videotaped impact statement he talked about the fears and the emotional toll the ordeal has taken on him.

Outside the courthouse, members of Callaway's family and supporters condemned the sentence and conviction.

"My family was a grassroots in Atlantic City who got the shaft," the defendant's sister Gwen Callaway-Lewis said.

The third man convicted is David Callaway who will be sentenced next month. He and Ronald Callaway are brothers of former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway. Craig Callaway is serving 3 years for conspiracy and for an unrelated federal bribery conviction.


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