A former assistant Hennepin County attorney has been disbarred for running a prostitution ring.
John Paul St. Marie of Minneapolis was charged in July with six felony counts of promoting prostitution. The complaint alleged the 66-year-old set up appointments for prostitutes with "nice guy" customers he claimed were safe and could pay well.
The state's Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility announced St. Marie's disbarrment Monday. Supreme Court Justice Alan Page signed the order Friday after St. Marie admitted the allegations in the disbarrment petition and agreed to give up his right to practice law.
St. Marie had worked on civil commitments before he left the Hennepin County Attorneys office a few years ago, citing health reasons.
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