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Former Robbinsdale Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Prostitution

Updated: 05/22/2014 4:21 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 3:26 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A former Robbinsdale police chief pleaded guilty to prostitution charges stemming from a bust in Coon Rapids earlier this year.

The sting was conducted on Feb. 20 at an undisclosed residence. Steven Smith resigned on a Saturday morning in late March and told city officials he had been arrested in a prostitution sting.

He was charged with a prostitution-related misdemeanor in Coon Rapids on March 24.

Smith, 45, had used Backpage.com to solicit sex, according to the Robbinsdale Acting Police Chief Jim Franzen.

Smith allegedly texted someone who he thought was a prostitute, agreeing to pay $150 for oral sex "and more," according to text messages from Smith's phone that was used in the police investigation.

Coon Rapids City Attorney David Brodie said Smith was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation and a $300 fine.

Brodie said Smith also must stay out of trouble with the law, complete a program and turn over any money he had at the time of his arrest.

If he abides by the judge's conditions, the case against him will be dismissed, Brodie said.

Steven Smith
Photo: Coon Rapids Police Department

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