Mayor re­signs amid pros­ti­tu­tion charges

The Republican Herald - - STATE -

BLOOMS­BURG — A Penn­syl­va­nia mayor who claimed he had been set up af­ter his ar­rest on pros­ti­tu­tion charges has re­signed from of­fice, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

Blooms­burg Mayor Eric Bower, 36, was ar­rested April 20 at a Hamp­ton Inn af­ter he showed up with $200 cash and con­doms, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice af­fi­davit. Po­lice said he had paid a state po­lice informant for sex on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, most re­cently in early April.

A day af­ter his ar­rest on four mis­de­meanor pros­ti­tu­tion counts, Bower told WNEP-TV the woman was a friend with whom he had a “very play­ful, you know, re­la­tion­ship.” He said he planned to fight the charges.

“I be­lieve this was just a setup be­cause of my po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion,” Bower said.

On Thurs­day, he waived a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on the charges and va­cated the mayor’s of­fice, Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Shapiro said in a news re­lease. He also stepped down from his post as a state con­sta­ble.

“This mayor flouted the law and so­licited sex from a pros­ti­tute on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions,” Shapiro said.

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