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Prostitution sting catches police chief in Minnesota

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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:50am

The police chief of Robbinsdale, Minnesota has resigned, more than a month after being arrested in a prostitution sting.

Former Police Chief Steve Smith is expected to be arraigned in court on March 24).

"It was shock and sadness, quite frankly," said Robbinsdale Mayor, Regan Murphy, upon hearing that chief steve smith was arrested last month for engaging in prostitution.

Information that all came to light on Saturday.

"Earlier today I got a phone call from the city manager saying that Steve Smith had submitted his resignation, which we accepted based on the current allegations," said Murphy.

On February 20, the Coon Rapids Police Department set up a prostitution ring at a private residence.

The sting resulted in 10 arrests, and Smith was one of them.

Anoka County booked him, and then released him.

"But I am sad and hope he and his family can get thru this, because I can only imagine it's quite difficult,"

Smith worked his way up through the Robbinsdale Police Department, eventually becoming the city's chief in 2008.

The mayor said he's always had a good working relationship with smith and together they've accomplished good things.

He has a message for those in his city concerned about a city leader's behavior.

"They should really focus on the interactions that they have on a daily basis with our current officers and not base the department on the actions of one individual off duty."

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