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Guilty plea in prostitution charges for New Brighton City Council member

David Phillips, a member of the New Brighton City Council has pleaded guilty in the misdemeanor charge of engaging in prostitution.

Under the Alford Plea, Phillips is not admitting to committing the crime, but acknowledges that a sufficient amount of evidence exists for him to be charged and possibly found guilty.

Phillips went to the Days Inn on University Ave on Feb. 25 to meet with an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. After handing the officer a 100 dollar bill and subsequently removing his clothing he was arrested.

Along with $828 in fines, Phillips has also been ordered by a judge to complete “john school.� According to the Star Tribune, a “john school� is “a program for people convicted of hiring prostitutes -- remain law-abiding and maintain contact with his probation officer.�

According to the Sun Newspaper for New Brighton, “Larson said Phillips will likely remain on the council� until his term is up on Dec. 31, 2011. “If he had been charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor, [Phillips] would be required to leave the council.�

Upon completing his probation orders, Phillips’ misdemeanor will be erased from his record in one year.

Even though this was a breaking news story on the Sun’s website, and obviously a popular story in the city of
New Brighton, the Star Tribune had a considerable amount of more coverage, including important quotes from another city council member and details of the arrest as well as Phillips’ charges and fines.