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City attorney arrested in undercover sex sting in Florida

This Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2019, photo made available by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office shows longtime city attorney Tim McCausland. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested McCausland in a hotel in Brandon, Fla., on a misdemeanor charge of violating a county ordinance against public solicitation. McCausland has worked for the city of Lakeland for nearly three decades. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via AP)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A longtime city attorney in Florida has been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tim McCausland in a hotel in Brandon, Florida, on a misdemeanor charge of violating a county ordinance against public solicitation. McCausland has worked for the city of Lakeland for nearly three decades.

Authorities told news outlets Thursday the 69-year-old McCausland responded to fake advertisements posted online by undercover deputies. Seven other people were also arrested in the operation, which is part of a larger effort to tackle human trafficking in the area.

City officials say the Wednesday arrest happened on a scheduled workday and that they are investigating.

McCausland is up for a work performance review later this month.

No attorney was listed in court records for McCausland.

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