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University of Minnesota Educator Arrested for Allegedly Seeking Prostitution

Solen Feyissa Photo: Olmsted County Jail. Solen Feyissa

March 21, 2019 10:09 AM

(ABC 6 News) - A University of Minnesota educator, 36-year-old Solen Feyissa of Rochester, is facing possible charges after allegedly responding to a false prostitution advertisement. 

The Rochester Police Department said officers put the fake ad out in 2017 to find suspects engaging in illegal sex. 

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Police said someone contacted them through a digital medium on Wednesday a little after 12 p.m., responding to the ad. Feyissa allegedly made arrangements to meet at a local hotel and agreed to pay $150 for services. According to police, there was enough evidence from the digital conversation between law enforcement and Feyissa to arrest him. 

According to a police report, Feyissa told officers he was a professor of Web Technologies at the University of Minnesota and claimed, "I was just curious about how [prostitutes] lives are lived," and said he was doing research as part of his job.

Police said Feyissa's story on scene did not match his conversation with law enforcement over the internet. 

Feyissa was charged with a gross misdemeanor, engaging in prostitution in a public place. 

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