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Hill-Murray Football Coach Mark Mauer Resigns Amid Prostitution Allegations

Mark Mauer, of Woodbury, was one of 19 men caught in a Fridley police sting.

Mark Mauer, the Hill-Murray School football coach who was charged last week following a prostitution sting in Fridley, has resigned, according to multiple reports.

The 54-year-old from Woodbury was charged with a misdemeanor in connection with the two-day police operation at a Fridley hotel. He was booked at the Anoka County Jail and released. Investigators are preparing the cases for the city prosecutor.

Mauer resigned as both the football coach and major-gifts officer, according to the Star Tribune.

Related: Hill-Murray Football Coach Arrested in Fridley Prostitution Sting

Mauer was arrested Feb. 19 at the LivInn Hotel in Fridley as part of the police sting. Officers booked four rooms at the hotel. In one room, a female police officer working undercover met the men who answered ads offering sex on Backpage.com and other websites.

Police say Mauer offered an undercover officer $100 for “full service” and was found with $100 cash and Viagra pills, according to a FOX 9 story.

In an interview with police, Mauer said he was “just messing around,” according to a CBS News story.

In 2012, his first year at Hill-Murray, Mauer led the Pioneers, a perennial high school football power, to the state tournament in Class 4A. It was his first coaching job at the high school level.

Mauer, a cousin of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, has a long career in football, both as an athlete and coach.

The Minnesota Twins drafted him out of St. Paul’s Harding High School, but he opted instead to attend the University of Nebraska, where as quarterback he led the Cornhuskers to two Big Eight titles. After college he held coaching positions at Nebraska, North Dakota State, University of Wisconsin and New Mexico State.

Mauer returned to his hometown in 2004 to serve as head football coach at Concordia University. Then, in June 2011, he left.

He sold cars at the Mauer family auto dealership until landing the Hill-Murray job in May 2012. Mauer also served on the St. Paul City Council in 1997, after the council voted 5-1 to choose him over five other candidates to fill the remaining year in the term of Councilman Dino Guerin, who was elected to the Ramsey County Board in 1996.

He has a court hearing in Anoka scheduled for March 20.

Randy Marsh February 27, 2013 at 03:01 AM
I'm guessing the city of Fridley probably spent several thousand dollars on this little sting operation and it accomplishes next to nothing. Other than me finding this personally hilarious, I just don't see the point. Sure, it exposed yet another Hill Murray authority figure as a scum bag, but we already knew that. Compared to the former head master or whatever he's called who was doing things the catholic church opposes in public, but has a long history of participating in behind closed doors, and the former assistant coach propositioning one of his male players, this hardly seems like anything to get worked up about.
yomammy February 27, 2013 at 01:05 PM
like mentioned in the paper today...what about the OTHER 17 people they got... why is this guy being raked over the coals. Not saying prostitution is a good or anything, but I can think of a lot worse things he could have done to deserve so much attention...
Karen February 27, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Prostitution needs to be stopped. As long as there's a demand, women will continue to be violated, controlled and and degraded. Busted johns like Mr. Mauer, put in the public eye, help draw attention to the problem.
Randy Marsh February 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Karen, the woman was going to make 100 tax free dollars for what I'm guessing is less than an hour of work. Are these women being "violated, controlled and degraded" or are they choosing to make a living for themselves. You probably think prohibition is a good idea as well, but you're not going to stop this from occurring so why bother throwing away good money at something you'll never prevent from occurring in the first place?
yomammy February 28, 2013 at 01:22 PM
they should pass a law banning this practice!!!!! oh, wait....
Beth March 01, 2013 at 07:49 PM
She does not get the money Randy. The pimp does. The women in this practice are not earning a living. They are victimized, kidnapped, conned, abused and degraded. This is not consensual relations between two adults. Why are so many people still naive to this fact?
Randy Marsh March 01, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Me thinks you're watching too many movies. I know all the hookers I've used are independent contractors and they make their own rules.

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