Report details solicitation arrest of former police chief

COON RAPIDS, Minn. - New documents released on Monday offer details behind the arrest of the former chief of police in Robbinsdale.

Steve Smith's attorney filed a continuation to his initial appearance in court on Monday. Also on Monday, Coon Rapids police released its supplementary investigation report.

On Feb. 20, a man who identified himself as "Scott" exchanged text messages with an undercover Coon Rapids detective who was posing as a prostitute.

The report said that the detective placed a sexually explicit ad on The two made arrangements to meet with the purpose of having sex without the use of a condom, according to the report.

"Scott" was later identified as Smith. He was arrested at the scene and the text messages along with $150 in cash will be introduced as evidence in the case.

Once word of the arrest came out on Saturday, Smith resigned as chief, a position he had held in Robbinsdale since 2008.

"The expectation is that you need to bring that to light so we can deal with it immediately and not have the kind of fallout or suspicions we have now," said Robbinsdale Interim Chief Franzen.

The interim chief, Jim Franzen, says he is shocked by the news and is doing his best to move forward.

"I feel that my main role as interim chief is to get us all through the healing process here and just to make sure that the department stays healthy in its relationship with the community," Franzen said. "I think my job right now is to stabilize and keep things running."

Smith currently faces a misdemeanor charge. He has a scheduled pretrial hearing in May.

Ten other Johns were also arrested in the sting.


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