The former high school counselor charged with soliciting a prostitute has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Michael Delmore, 61, pleaded guilty last week to hiring a woman for sexual acts in his Grand Forks home in the spring of 2011.
He's the only "john" charged by Grand Forks County prosecutors in what they say is a larger case of three people facing felony charges of trafficking a 17-year-old girl as a prostitute.
Delmore's cooperation, as well as little evidence he knew the girl's age, led to his misdemeanor charge, prosecutors said.
The retired high school counselor sentenced last week to 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting a woman for prostitution, was allowed by a judge to serve the sentence by 150 hours of community service.
Delmore retired earlier this year after more than two decades as a counselor in Larimore (N.D.) High School.
He told investigators he saw an ad on Backpage.com, featuring the girl and called the number provided. She was brought to his home, Delmore said, by a woman who collected money from him then waited outside in a vehicle. He paid the girl more cash after they engaged in sexual acts.
Travis Johnson, Joshua Harry and Amanda Stewart are charged with human trafficking for allegedly pimping the girl to several men in Grand Forks in their homes and motel rooms in early 2011. The charge has a maximum penalty of life in prison.
According to investigators, the johns included a UND professor; he has not been charged but is listed as a possible prosecution witness.
Harry posted ads about the girl online, including on Backpage.com, and Stewart introduced her to the men and collected upfront money, investigators said. Johnson initially convinced the girl to join the prostitution scheme, according to court documents.
Delmore's wife, Lois Delmore, is a longtime state legislator.
Clarification: A report on the sentencing of Michael Delmore was incomplete about the ruling. The original sentence read: "The same day he pleaded guilty last week in state district court to the charge carrying a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail, Judge Joel Medd sentenced him to 30 days, with 15 days suspended plus a year of unsupervised probation."
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