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Man sentenced to education program in prostitution case

One of several men arrested in May after allegedly responding to prostitution ads placed by members of the street crimes unit of the Rochester Police Department has pleaded guilty.

Paul Arthur Livingston, 55, of Rochester, entered the plea Tuesday in Olmsted County District Court, where he'd been charged with one count of gross misdemeanor patronage of prostitution in a public place. He was immediately sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to complete an 8-hour education program for men through Breaking Free .

The program, according to the website, "is designed to hold offenders accountable, while raising awareness about sex trafficking and providing resources to the women and children victimized by prostitution."

According to the criminal complaints against the men, an undercover officer received text messages from each of the men, arranging to pay for sex acts. They were arrested when they arrived at the pre-arranged meeting place.

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