Updated: 02/22/2013 5:46 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Fridley Police have confirmed that 19 men and four women have been arrested after police conducted an undercover prostitution sting.
The investigation took place from Feb. 18-19 at the Liv-Inn Suites Hotel with cooperation from the hotel management.
Police say four women were arrested on prostitution charges and 19 men were arrested on soliciting prostitution charges. They were all booked at the Anoka County Jail, police say.
According to a police report, one of the men arrested is 54-year-old Mark Mauer of Woodbury, who is the Hill-Murray School head varsity football coach.
Hill-Murray is a Catholic Benedictine Prep School for students in grades 7-12.
The school hired Mauer as head football coach in May 2012 and he started serving in the school’s Advancement Office on July 1 of that year, according to a news release.
Mauer is the cousin of Minnesota Twin Joe Mauer.
According to the police report, Mark Mauer arrived at the hotel around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and allegedly agreed to pay the undercover officer $100 for a half hour of “full service.” He admitted to finding the prostitution ad on Backpage.com.
Hill-Murray School President Susan Paul sent out a statement saying, “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.”
A St. Paul native, Mark Mauer is a graduate of Harding High School and played quarterback at the University of Nebraska, where he later coached. Mauer has also coached at Ball State in Indiana, University of Wisconsin, North Dakota State University, New Mexico State and Concordia College in St. Paul.
Fridley Police say they conduct undercover prostitution details at various times and locations throughout the year.