Avon Lake

Former Avon Lake Mayor Vince Urbin pleaded no contest Friday to a solicitation charge following a sting operation by the Woods County Sheriff’s Department.

According to an incident report from the sheriff’s office, the department conducted an undercover prostitution investigation Thursday.

“An undercover officer posted an ad as a female escort on backpages.com,” the report stated. “Vincent Urbin responded to the ad requesting sexual intercourse for $100.”

The report shows the sting took place at a hotel on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

Detective Sgt. Terry James said two men, including Urbin, and three women were arrested in this operation. The department conducts these stings by placing ads on websites known for escort services, he said. An undercover officer speaks with the interested men over the phone and tells them where to meet. When the men show up and money is exchanged, they are arrested. Likewise, women showing up as escorts are arrested.

James said Urbin was arrested without incident.

“He admitted what he was there for and what he did,” James said.

Bowling Green Municipal Court records show Urbin, 52, of Avon Lake, pleaded no contest to the charge Friday. The judge ordered Urbin to pay $500 in fines, in addition to the $100 seized during the arrest. His vehicle will be released upon payment for its towing and storage. He must pay all of the fees by Aug. 3 or appear before the court again.

Urbin is currently the director of community services for the Lorain County Community Action Agency.

He served as mayor of Avon Lake from 1992 until 2001, when he left office following criminal allegations. Later that year he was found guilty of two counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of complicity with tampering with evidence. Urbin recently had his record sealed last summer.

Urbin’s voicemail at his job indicated he would be out of the office until July 12. A message was left on his voicemail at home.

Contact Bryan Wroten at bwroten@2presspapers.com

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