FRIDLEY, Minn. - The head coach of the Hill-Murray High School football team has been cited in connection with a prostitution sting in Fridley.
Mark Mauer, 54, of Woodbury, was one of 19 men and four women arrested in the two-day undercover sting at the Liveinn Hotel in Fridley. Police say the hotel's management knew of and cooperated with the undercover investigation.
The men are cited with a misdemeanor of solicitation and the women with a misdemeanor of prostitution.
Mark Mauer is a cousin of Minnesota Twins player Joe Mauer.
According to the Fridley Police reports, Mauer arrived at the hotel just before 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, and allegedly agreed to pay an undercover officer $100 for a half hour of "full service."
Police allege Mauer found the prostitution ad on the website Backpage.com in the escort section.
Mauer did not answer when KARE 11 called him on his cell phone Friday, nor was he at his listed address in Woodbury.
Hill-Murray school officials would not comment on camera, but but the school's president Susan Paul released the statement below:
"I want to share with you some distressing news regarding our school and make you aware of an alleged incident involving Hill-Murray staff member and head football coach, Mark Mauer, that is being reported in the press. I want to be clear that this incident is not related in any way to Hill-Murray, our students, or Mr. Mauer's work responsibilities. Nor will this incident affect the high quality education that our families expect at Hill-Murray School. We ask for your prayers for all members of the Hill-Murray School community."
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