Former teacher pleads in prostitution case

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A long-running Springfield prostitution case has ended.

Forty-one-year-old Laura Fiedler, a former Springfield teacher, entered an Alford plea last week to a misdemeanor charge of running a sexually oriented business too close to a park.

Fiedler and her husband, Mark Fiedler, were charged in 2012 with promoting prostitution at their massage business in downtown Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Laura Fiedler maintained she didn’t know about the prostitution. An Alford plea means she did not admit guilt but admitted there was enough evidence to convict her. She was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 60 hours of community service.

Fiedler, who had been on administrative leave from the Springfield school district since 2011, also must resign from the district.

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