The former Menomonie school board president charged with soliciting prostitution in Eau Claire County court Feb. 1 may not end up with a criminal record.

Gerald P. “Jay” Fahl II, 55, of Menomonie was charged with a single criminal misdemeanor count of prostitution. On Tuesday, Judge John F. Manydeeds deferred Fahl’s guilty plea for 12 months, court records say.

If Fahl does not commit any new crimes and avoids using Backpage.com, a classifieds website “commonly known to be used as a classifieds section for prostitution in the Eau Claire area,” according to Fahl’s criminal complaint, his charge may be dismissed after 12 months. As part of a plea deal, Fahl must complete an education program for those arrested for buying sex known as “John School” and 40 hours of community service as well as pay a $250 fee.

Fahl signed a $500 signature bond Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint:

Fahl attempted to hire a prostitute after responding to an advertisement the Eau Claire Police Department posted on Backpage.com.

The ad contained a a phone number and female subject wearing lingerie.

A man, later identified as Gerald P. Fahl II, responded to the ad on Jan. 9, interested in a price and location to meet up. Fahl agreed to pay $80 for 30 minutes of sex with a female he believed to be a prostitute.

Fahl arrived at the meet-up location on the west side of the 1300 block of Fairfax Street in Eau Claire, where he was then arrested. He admitted to police that he was attempting to meet a prostitute for sex. A sum of $80 was inside his wallet.

Following his arrest, Fahl officially resigned from the Menomonie school board on Jan. 15 after an 11-year service. In his resignation letter, Fahl stated that he wanted to focus on “personal matters”. Fahl also retired from his position at WESTconsin Credit Union mid-January.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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