Arrest warrants have been issued for a Springfield school teacher and her husband after prosecutor's charged the couple with promoting prostitution today (02-06-12.)
|Laura A. Fiedler (mug shot GCSO)|
Authorities launched an undercover investigation into Laura Fielder, a third grade teacher at Williams Elementary, and her husband Mark, was launched on February 8, 2011, following reports of questionable activity at the Landmark Building in Springfield.
The investigation into an alleged prostitution ring began after police received an anonymous tip regarding a rub down from a woman named Connie advertising on backpage.com (a site similar to craigslist) who was conducting business out of one of the third floor offices in the building.
An employee with The Wooten Company, which operates the building, told police he "witnessed a female dressed in lingerie and a massage table inside one of the third-floor rooms," according to court documents.
Cops got permission from the buildings operators to install surveillance cameras on the third floor and recorded the comings and goings of people to the office in question.
An undercover cop set up a meeting with a woman named Nicole after responding to an ad backpage.com.She allegedly offered him a "nice backrub, then the front also for a tip if you want." The undercover officer negotiated a price of $150.00 with Nicole for a massage and oral sex.
He then gave officers, who were listening to the transaction, a signal to enter the room. The woman, who was nude when officers knocked on the door, agreed to speak with police and told them that $35 of whatever she charged went to “the house” and that Fiedler's arranged meetings with "clients."
|Mark Fiedler (mug shot GCSO)|
According to search warrants returns, as many as five women were offering sexual services out of three rooms in the Landmark Building.
Laura Fielder was placed on paid administrative leave last year by the Springfield school district while authorities continued their investigation.
Judge Dan Imhof has set bail at $2,500.00 for each of the Fiedler's.