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Fiedler Changes Plea to Guilty in Prostitution Trial

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More than two and half years after the investigation first began into reports of a prostitution ring being run out of a downtown Springfield office building, the husband of a former Springfield public school teacher has pleaded guilty to second degree promoting prostitution.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More than two and half years after the investigation first began into reports of a prostitution ring being run out of a downtown Springfield office building, the husband of a former Springfield public school teacher has pleaded guilty to second degree promoting prostitution.

Mark L. Fiedler, 43, changed his plea in court Thursday in Springfield and will be sentenced Nov. 14, according to online court records.

His wife, Laura Fiedler, 35, is to appear in court next Wednesday on a lesser charge of promoting prostitution in the third degree.

The charges stem from an investigation in February 2011 at the Landmark Building on S. Jefferson in downtown Springfield.

According to court documents, police served a search warrant at an office in the building, after an anonymous citizen called police about suspicious activity on the third floor.

Police discovered that several women were allegedly using two rooms in the building to meet men for sexual encounters.

An undercover officer confronted and interviewed one of the women involved. She told police a man and woman who rent the rooms would arrange the meetings with men through a website called backpage.com.

About a month later, Springfield public school officials confirmed one of its teachers was placed on administrative leave as part of the on-going investigation into the prostitution ring.

Springfield public school officials said the woman was a third grade teacher and worked for the district since 2001. Laura Fiedler was not named at that time because she was not formally charged.

"To have a prostitution ring where it's choreographed and staged and the girls know what time to show up and somebody is doing something for them, that's rare," police Cpl. Matt Brown said at the time.

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