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MLA accepts 'full responsibility' for actions, prostitution-related charge officially laid
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Friday, July 19, 2013 1:22PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, July 19, 2013 6:46PM MDT
The St. Paul Minnesota City Attorney confirmed Friday, that a rookie MLA in northern Alberta had been charged, days after he was arrested in a prostitution sting in that city.
Documents released to CTV News confirmed Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen had been charged with the gross misdemeanor.
The documents describe the charge as ‘prostitution – hires offers, or agrees to hire to engage in prostitution in public place (patron)’.
In a public statement, Allen said he was aware of the charge, but was waiting for official documents.
“I am aware via media sources a gross misdemeanor charge has been laid by the State of Minnesota as expected. I am awaiting receipt of the documents so that I may review them with legal counsel and determine a course of action by the end of next week,” Allen said in the statement.
“I will of course comply with all requests made by the State.”
According to the documents, officers from the St. Paul police Human Trafficking Unit were conducting a ‘John’ sweep, on Monday, July 15, where a female undercover officer poses as a prostitute, and posts an online advertisement.
The undercover officer then arranges to meet people who respond to the advertisement, and police monitor the incident, and intervene.
The documents state that at about 7:24 p.m. Monday, Allen contacted the undercover officer and scheduled a meeting before taking a limo to the motel she was located at.
At about 8 p.m., Allen arrived at the motel, and went to the officer’s room where documents state he agreed to pay $200 to have sex with two women for one hour, while wearing a condom.
Documents state he put money on the counter in the room, and then began to undress – at this point, the officer signaled police monitoring the incident to intervene, and Allen was arrested.
The motel where the incident occurred is considered a public place, under Minnesota State Law.
The documents state the maximum sentence for the charge is up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $3,000.
St. Paul police said earlier this week that Allen was one of 13 people arrested in the operation.
The news of Allen’s arrest broke in Canada Tuesday, the same day the rookie MLA resigned from the Progressive Conservative caucus.
The statement issued by Allen Friday renewed the apology the now-independent MLA issued the day the news broke.
“I would like to reiterate my apology to my family, my friends, my constituents, my colleagues, my staff, and to all Albertans for the embarrassment I have caused. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Allen has been summoned to appear in a St. Paul courtroom September 30.