Whether it was prostitution or Pilates, a blind Delaware County lawyer is hoping for a happy ending after his federal civil suit against a Philadelphia woman and a credit-card company was thrown out last week.

John F. Peoples, 60, was steamed after he learned that the woman who he says he hired for sex allegedly overbilled his Discover card by $8,600.

So he sued her for damages and the credit-card company for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, claiming that it had not sufficiently protected its blind customers.

"This wouldn't have happened to a sighted person," Peoples said yesterday, adding that he plans to appeal.

In court documents, the woman named in the suit, Ginger Dayle, said that she had provided Pilates lessons to Peoples and denied that she was a prostitute or that she had defrauded his credit card.

In his initial complaint, Peoples did not allege that Dayle was a prostitute, saying only that she "advertises herself as an expert at providing personal, hands-on service to individual customers in private sessions at a set rate," according to court documents.

It was only during his deposition in October 2008, that he first stated that those services were prostitution, court documents said.
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