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Former school president admits patronizing a prostitute

Published December 23, 2010 6:02 pm
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The former president of George Wythe University, an unaccredited liberal arts school in Flagstaff, Ariz., pleaded guilty this week in connection with being caught in a Cedar City prostitution sting.

Andrew Groft, 38, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to patronizing a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

Iron County Justice Court Judge Margaret Miller ordered no jail time for Groft. Instead, the judge placed him on probation for 12 months, which includes paying a $623 fine and submitting to HIV testing.

According to the George Wythe University website, Groft was named the school's president in 2009 after serving as president and provost of its Cedar City campus. He was replaced as president in June.

Also among eight people arrested during a Dec. 10 prostitution sting was Southern Utah University Vice President Wesley Curtis, who has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the case.

Curtis, 57, is scheduled for an initial court appearance on March 1 in Iron County Justice Court. Like Groft, Curtis was charged with one count of patronizing a prostitute.





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