Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Small Town Mayor, High School Coach Caught in Hooker Sting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

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Every prostitution sting thrown together by the police has an eye on the Big Fish. Yeah, sure, if you're a vice cop working the beat, you're happy to cuff the truck drivers, conference attendees, congregation deacons and other small-caliber low lifes prowling the back corners of America for by-the-hour love and affection. But fingers are always crossed for an Eliot Spitzer-like score.

Down in Lima, the Allen Count Sheriff's Department recently ran a undercover operation on illict venery that didn't turn up any governors, but did land two local heavyweights in the holding cell. According to LimaOhio.com, a small town mayor and high school girl's basketball coach were recently collared when authorities crashed the party at a local Econo Lodge.

Before he was “male suspected of solicitation for prostitution,” 61-year-old Kenneth Maag was known only as the mayor of the village of Ottawa. 57-year-old Gregg Gooding is the varsity girl's basketball coach at Jackson Center high school. Neither men were mere slouches in their respective fields, for a refresher those being small town politicking and watching teenage girls run up and down a court: Maag had a recent lock on the office, and is expected to run again unopposed after his current term is up in December; Gooding steered a team to a Division IV state championship in 2001.

The community leaders were arrested separately after falling under the eye of police. Authorities say both were exchanging phone calls and text messages with who they thought to be a prostitute but was in fact the likely end of their careers.

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