Mayor resigns amid prostitution charges
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.