Hill-Murray Football Coach Arrested in Fridley Prostitution Sting

Woodbury resident Mark Mauer was one of 19 men caught in a police sting operation in Fridley Tuesday.

Update: 4:07 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26

Mauer has resigned from his two posts at the school.

See: Mark Mauer Resigns Amid Prostitution Allegations

Original story

Fridley police this week arrested Hill-Murray high school head varsity football coach Mark Mauer for soliciting prostitution.

Mauer was one of 19 men charged Tuesday with misdemeanors during a two-day police operation at a Fridley hotel. He was booked into the Anoka County Jail and released. Investigators are preparing the cases for the city prosecutor.

The Fridley Police Department declined to confirm that the man they arrested is the Hill-Murray coach. Fridley Patch identified Mauer by matching public and published records of his name, date of birth, address and photo with the defendant’s booking information and photo.

Mauer, a Woodbury resident until recently, wasn't immediately available by phone Friday at Hill-Murray School, and another number from court records and published online has been disconnected or is no longer in service. Mauer did not appear at an eviction hearing for his residence in Washington County court Thursday.

Athlete, Coach, Council Member, Car Salesman

In 2012, his first year at Hill-Murray, Mauer led the Pioneers, a perennial high school football power, to the state tournament in Class 4A, in which they lost in the quarterfinals. He replaced former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who left the Maplewood-based Catholic high school after a one season for a coaching job at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Hill-Murray football web page says, “The Hill-Murray Football program is about blocking, tackling, catching, running, and kicking, but it is also about ...”

  • “Promoting: family values based on strong Christian values”
  • “Dedicated to excellence for all involved—administrators, coaches, and players”
  • “Who we are is more important than how good we are. … However, the most valuable entity that one can ever invest in is other people. … In Pioneer Football we talk not only about investing on the field but off of it, as well.”

The coaching job at Hill-Murray is Mauer’s first at the high school level, but Mauer, a cousin of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, has a long career in football, both as an athlete and coach.

The Minnesota Twins drafted him out of St. Paul’s Harding High School, but he opted instead for the University of Nebraska, where as quarterback he led the Cornhuskers to two Big Eight titles. After college he held coaching positions at Nebraska, North Dakota State, University of Wisconsin and New Mexico State.

Mauer returned to his hometown in 2004 to serve as head football coach at Concordia University. Then, in June 2011, he left. According to one news report: “Director of Athletics Tom Rubbelke has announced that he has accepted the resignation of head football coach Mark Mauer, effective immediately, as he pursues other professional opportunities.”

Mauer sold cars at the Mauer family auto dealership until landing the Hill Murray job in May 2012.  

He also served on the St. Paul City Council in 1997, after the council voted 5-1 to choose him over five other candidates to fill the remaining year in the term of Councilman Dino Guerin, who was elected to the Ramsey County Board in 1996.

The Arrests

Mauer, 54, of Woodbury, was part of a busy day for the Fridley Police Department, which conducts one or two prostitution details each year, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud.

The 19 men arrested in Fridley on Tuesday ranged in age from 23 to 56 and came from as far away as Edina, Rogers and Stillwater. (The day before, police used a similar sting to arrested four women ranging in age from 18–32 for prostitution.)

Fridley police booked four rooms at the LivInn Hotel for the operation. In one room, a female police officer working undercover met the men who answered ads offering sex on Backpage.com and other websites.

Across the hall, police monitoring the first room by video, waiting for the exchange of money for sexual favors before moving in to make an arrest. In a third room, police processed the men after their arrest. (A fourth room served as a holding area where arrested men waited to be taken to the county jail in Anoka.)

Mauer has a court hearing in Anoka scheduled for March 20.


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Kris Janisch February 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
The fact that it's Hill-Murray really doesn't matter. If it was any high school, any coach, charged in a similar crime, it's a story.
Kris Janisch February 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
And it only appears here because of the Woodbury address.
davea February 23, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Joan unfortunately an event like this should be in the news when it involves a person of authority with exposure to our young people whether it is a public school or private, This i s true even if it is an institution where parents must pay college like tuitions based on thei proposition that a catholic education somehow prepares them better--or protects them more-- from the realities of life. Hill Murray despite the many good teachers, administrators, parents and students is caught in the inevitable hypocracy of positioning itself on a higher moral level then public education. Three incidents now of alleged impropriety--sexual in nature--among coaches administrators and teachers open HM to this issue.
Mike February 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Please explain how him paying for sex makes him a bad influence
davea February 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Well let's see. How about it's illegal. You may not agree with it but it's the law in Minnesota. Breaking the law is not a good influence. Mike let me know if you need someone to break it down in simpler terms for you.
Bob February 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Your the scumbag
Bob February 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Your calling him a loser, he hasn't been convicted of anything!!
Bob February 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM
The law also says innocent until proven quilty.
Randy Marsh February 24, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Bob, so do you think he resigned because he was innocent? I realize at Hill Murray this is a common occurrence based on recent history, but in normal society this is generally frowned upon. I happen to think setting up these stings is a waste of time and resources, but exactly which laws do you want to require be abided by and ignore?
Alice Johnson February 24, 2013 at 01:51 PM
@Bob. You seem pretty passionate about sticking up for this guy.... And you spelled "you're" wrong above..... Annoying. Real men don't need to visit prostitutes or pay for sex. It's just that simple.
Bob February 24, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I'm just not a judgmental pig....
Randy Marsh February 24, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Nothing hotter than a grammar nazi. Well done, Alice, you're a peach.
Rick February 25, 2013 at 01:21 AM
@Randy, Many developed nations have liberal prostitution laws so no its not really frowend upon in "normal society"
Heather February 25, 2013 at 01:18 PM
This is the 4th incident in as many years. Dr. Susan Paul hired Mauer not only as the football coach but as Hill Murray's Major Gift Officer. This is the real problem. How much was he paid? Why won't the school ever tell parents what the salaries of these people are? I'd like to see a reporter ask how much Mauer was paid and them follow up with how much does the hockey coach get paid. Great hockey coach but he too is given a bogus title as AD. What qualified Mauer as a major gifts officer? Does he have a master's in public policy? Experience writing grants? Non-profit board experience? Nope. Had they done a background check they would have learned that someone with the same name and date of birth had a conviction in 2007. Hill Murray should have found out the real reason Mauer resigned from coaching at Concordia. To go sell cars? Seriously, who believes this?
kok February 25, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Wow some strong defenders here, other than due process what is your motive? I can only speculate this is not the first time the fellow has reached out for "entertainment". Just the first time he was popped for it. Maybe some of the defenders would feel different if their daughter, sister, friends daughter, was the one he reached out to. Nothing like taking advantage of these girls eh? Yeah it was a cop...this time.Guys house is in forclosure, hits up hookers. What a gem, great example of character for young people. Guy made a living off the Mauer name, comes back to bite him in the ass.
Bob February 25, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Nice post, just kidding. If you know so much put it out, if not you need to shut your pie-hole. By the way, Hill Murray's a private school so they don't have to disclose that type of information. If you don't like the fact that this information isn't disclosed don't send your children.
Y2K February 25, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Y2K February 25, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Heather February 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Sure thing Bobby- here's the list of Hill-Murray's Finest 1.) February 2013 Mark Mauer (dob 9/2/58) arrested for solicitation. Mark Mauer (dob 9/2/58) plead guilty to a Disorder Conduct charge. 2.) June 2007, Matthew Ricker who contracted with Hill-Murray to help coach boys' basketball in the 2006-07 season. He admitted in the St. Paul courtroom that he sent sexually explicit cell phone text messages to three basketball players at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood. Hill-Murray President Joseph Peschges said in June that a background check showed that Ricker had "a clean slate." (I call bullshit) 3.) July 2010. Peschges grabbed the undercover officer's crotch "over the clothing," says Crum. The 63-year-old Hill-Murray president was arrested at 2:20 p.m. on suspicion of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and booked in Ramsey County jail. 4.) In May 2004, Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies patrolled Keller Park in Maplewood, reports Review-News. At a part of the park known to be a hotspot for homosexual behavior -- called "Beer Can Hill" -- a deputy noticed a man creeping around behind a tree. Peschges saw the deputies and took off running. They chased him through the park yelling at him to stop, but Peschges kept going. And TT gone after 10+ years of teaching math. 15 Years of parents AND FACULTY complaining about him and 15 years of Dr. Paul sweeping it under the rug. There's not a female student without a horror story about him.
Y2K February 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Antwon Williams February 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM
He who is without sin let him cast the first stone!! John 8:7
Bob February 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Sounds like you need to send your children to another school. If they don't go there mind your own business. God bless your soul.
Kris Janisch February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
The other alleged johns: 1. Justin David Neal, 39 YO male from Coon Rapids, MN 2. Wayne Michael Howe, 52 YO male from Cedar, MN 3. Martin Wayne Meister, 44 YO male from Brooklyn Park, MN 4. Thomas Allen Houle, 46 YO male from Stillwater, MN 5. Ryan Paul Thomas, 36 YO male from Delano, MN 6. Stephen Michael O'Leary, 42 YO male from Circle Pines, MN 7. Francois Lo, 34 YO male from Vadnais Heights, MN 8. Max Jimin Forbord, 26 YO male from Edina, MN 9. Joseph Eugene Berthiaume, 56 YO male from Rogers, MN 10. Marcelo Martinez Cruz, 23 YO male from New Brighton, MN 11. Lawrence Bruce Beck, 46 YO male from East Bethel, MN 12. David Michael Lilley, 60 YO male from Cambridge, MN 13. Alejandro Mendez, 50 YO male from Lake Elmo, MN 14. Curtis Lee Teunissen, 42 YO male from Coon Rapids, MN 15. Steven Sao Mouacheupao, 38 YO male from Ramsey, MN 16. Eric Anthony Riebe, 41 YO male from Princeton, MN 17. Justin Andrew Walker, 38 YO male from Brooklyn Park, MN 18. Mark Steven Mauer, 54 YO male from Woodbury, MN 19. Kevin Eric Markuson, 46 YO male from Champlin, MN
Jordan Simon February 28, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Bob isn't a judgmental pig, but is judging all of you for judging. Just keep that in mind.
yomammy February 28, 2013 at 01:29 PM
wonder how much attention this would have gotten if it was ANY other religion...
yomammy February 28, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I thinks its funny that it can be leagal in ons state, but not the next!!!! LOLZ
Ann March 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Exactly Yomammy! People want to somehow use this as reason to tarnish the school name. As if faculty hired to other schools don't have the same issues. I personally know they do. It's just not publicized at other schools. Those who want to somehow use this to put down Hill Murray, how about we look at the product of Hill Murray. The students. I don't recall anyone their punching their teachers, getting knifed on the school bus, forming circles around students fighting so the teachers couldn't break it up or KILLING THEIR GIRLFRIENDS! So if you want compare apples to apples here, lets be real! this man committed no crime at Hill Murray. This article really has nothing to do with Hill Murray. The fact remains that Hill Murray lets God into school which can not be a bad thing. Do you want to argue this point????
Bob March 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
No nailed it!!!
Amelia March 04, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I think the underlying factor seems to be the hypocrisy at Hill Murray. I don't doubt incidents happen at other schools, but I don't think they are trying to label themselves as virtuous as Hill Murray. I personally want to be notified whether this happens at WHS, MSA, Hill Murray or any other Metro school. The fact is that this behavior happens to be illegal. Whether you want to argue on the legality of it, that's another point.
Mike L March 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
RBN He is held to a higher standard BECAUSE he works in the school district. He works with children for eff sakes! He needs to be held accountable for what he did.


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