Mayor's Phone Not In Police Records CALL7 Reviewed

Prostitution Club Records Provided By Police Were Seized In 2008 Raid On Denver Sugar/Players Club

Mayor Michael Hancock’s cellphone number is not in a pile of heavily redacted Denver Sugar/Players club client records Denver police released Tuesday, CALL7 investigators found. However, Denver police admit they did not release a complete set of records taken in the raid on the escort club.

Before Hancock’s election as mayor, former Denver Players owner Scottie Ewing provided reporters a client list that had Hancock’s cellphone and a notation he worked for the city. Hancock has repeatedly denied that he was a client of the prostitution service and said he did not know how his cellphone number was in Ewing’s records.

In 2005, Ewing sold the prostitution business, including client records, to Brenda Stewart and police seized records at her business in 2008.

A page in the records police released under state open records laws has similar notations for other clients to one Ewing provided reporters but that page does not include a number with the last four digits of Hancock’s cell phone. Ewing told 7News that once Stewart took over the business she updated the records "adding and deleting clients."

It is unclear whether Stewart’s records were modified, and whether Hancock’s number was ever in the records. It's also unclear whether police did not have or did not provide a comprehensive set of records in the case.

“Those records are Stewart’s records, not mine,” Ewing told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia.

Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in federal court earlier this month and to two years supervised release. Ewing received six months of home detention after also reaching a plea deal.

City officials declined to release an unredacted version of Stewart's records, saying it would violate the privacy of individuals named in those records. One page of phone numbers was left unredacted -- apparently accidentally -- and most of the phone numbers correspond to real individuals in Colorado and elsewhere around the country. No elected officials or city employees were on that page.

It is unclear whether any city employees or police officers are on the list because of the redaction, but police spokesman Matt Murray said they do not believe police officers in the records. He declined to say whether Internal Affairs officers have reviewed the list to make sure no police officers are on it.

"There is no indication that any police employees are on the list," a police spokesman said.

The department conceded it turned over a lot of other records to the Internal Revenue Service but kept only the portion turned over to 7News.