GLENWOOD, Minn. – A University of North Dakota employee was arrested last month after he allegedly tried meet a prostitute at a Glenwood hotel.

Randall Scott Bohlman, 59, was charged with engaging in prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor that carries no more than one year in prison and/or a $3,000 fine. He made his first appearance Tuesday in Pope County Court. 

Bohlman, UND’s associate director of sustainability, allegedly responded to a Backpage or Craigslist online advertisement posted by an undercover Pope County Sheriff’s deputy on Aug. 20. He agreed to meet later that night at a hotel in Glenwood, which is about 15 miles south of where he was staying in Alexandria, Minn., according to the criminal complaint.

Bohlman was arrested after he arrived at the hotel with alcohol, a box of condoms and almost $500 in cash, according to the complaint. He allegedly admitted that his cellphone number was the same one that responded to the online ad.

Bohlman, who lives in Thompson, N.D., is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to UND spokesman Peter Johnson. Bohlman did not answer his cellphone Tuesday afternoon.

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Bohlman was one of five men arrested in a prostitution/sex trafficking sting on Aug. 20 in Pope County, according to the Alexandria Echo Press.