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Mayor of Sandwich quits after being charged with soliciting a prostitute

Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson, pictured in October 2017, resigned Monday, May 13, 2019 after after being named one of nine people charged in a police investigation into soliciting a prostitute. | Susan Thanepohn/The Naperville Sun via AP

The mayor of rural Sandwich has resigned after being named one of nine people charged in a police investigation into soliciting a prostitute.

Rick A. Olson resigned as Sandwich mayor on Monday, three days after being charged with solicitation of a sexual act.

Sandwich City Clerk Denise li read Olson’s letter late Monday at a City Council meeting:

“My hope and prayer are that by my resignation I can spare any additional dishonor to that office. My goal now would be to seek the forgiveness of my family, and move forward to reinstall the trust that I have broken.”

Because the city does not have a vice mayor, the council will appoint a mayor pro-tem to run the meeting.

The 66-year-old Olson had been mayor of Sandwich since 2013. He served as the city’s police for the prior 16 years.

Authorities say the investigation that led to Olson’s arrest began in December 2016, with the arrest of three women for prostitution. The investigation led to a second phase that targeted men seeking services.