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New Brighton council member pleads guilty to hiring prostitute

New Brighton City Council Member David A. Phillips entered Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court to a misdemeanor charge of engaging in prostitution said the Star Tribune.

According to the Star Tribune, the council member was one of nine men arrested Feb. 25 by St. Paul police in a prostitution sting.

The Pioneer Press reported that Phillips submitted an Alford plea, which means he agrees that a jury would have enough evidence to convict him.

Phillips will be placed on probation for one year, pay $828 in costs and fines, and attend "john school," which educates men on prostitution's effect on the women involved the Pioneer Press said.