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Mason councilman questioned in prostitution probe quits

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The Mason city councilman that was questioned by police during a prostitution sting will resign from his position.

In a letter sent to Mason city leaders, Richard Cox said the resignation comes from the negative press surrounding the situation.

"Although innocent of any wrongdoing, the negative press surrounding this situation has caused disruption to my work, those I love and the city," wrote Cox.

On June 11, Mason police received information about "prostitution type activity" in one of the rooms at the Super 8 Motel. While watching activity in the room, officers reported a "white male" leaving the room. That man was identified by detectives as Richard Cox.

Police asked Cox about what he was doing in the room and he denied any type of prostitution activities. The report said he told police there was a woman in the room who did not speak English and he was only there to check on her for a friend. Cox reportedly said the woman asked where she could get something to eat.

Cox's resignation will be effective Aug. 10. He has served as a Mason city councilman for five-and-a-half years and owns Al's Heating and Oil.

"I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Mason and working with member of city council and would like to express my appreciation for all of the support and understanding I have received," Cox concluded in his letter.

Cox was not charged in the incident.

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