Mason councilman questioned in prostitution sting

Report: Mason City Councilor seen leaving escort's room
Published: Jun. 24, 2015 at 8:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM EDT
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MASON, OH (FOX19) - Mason police received information about "prostitution type activity" in one of the rooms at the Super 8 Motel on State Route 741 on June 11. The ad described the girl as "Super Sweet" and "Pure Satisfaction."

While watching the activity in the room, the officer put in his report that a "white male" left the room and was approached by detectives. The male was identified by police as Richard Cox.

Cox has been a member of Mason city council for 5-and-a half years and owns Al's Heating and Oil. FOX19 Now has learned a memo has been sent out to city councilor's alerting them to the incident.

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.

In the room, the report said police found condoms in the garbage and a small notebook that read like a ledger. The woman answered the door to police in a mini skirt and did not speak English. She was found to have money hanging out of her pants pocket. Through her passport, police did get a name and found that she entered the country April of this year.

Police called the ad number and the woman on the phone said there were no prostitution activities going on there and then hung up. The next day police went back to the motel and the woman had checked out.

Chief Ron Ferrell said, "you can't prove prostitution from ads." He said normally, there would be someone sent in to the room where money would be exchanged. He said, "the case is closed" and "there was not enough evidence at the time to charge her with."

In a memo sent out to city councilors by City Manger Eric Hansen, where he said "circumstances" about the incident "can be construed as awkward."

He said he was providing the information "for awareness" but would not be discussing the incident any further.

Cox has asked anyone on council who has any questions to reach out to him directly.

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