Former State Official Admits to Arranging to Hire Prostitute 07 Nov 17

(St. Paul Pioneer Press/Litchfield, MN) A former deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce admitted to arranging to pay a woman for sex after finishing up work meetings this past spring, according to court records.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 47-year-old Michael Shane Deal of Litchfield filed a petition last week to plead guilty to one count of engaging in prostitution in a public place. The gross-misdemeanor charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor per the terms of a plea agreement reached with the state.

The arrangement calls for a 90-day jail sentence for Deal that will be stayed for one year. He will also be ordered to pay about $1,000 in fines and fees.

His employment as deputy commissioner of the state Commerce Department’s financial institutions division ended shortly after his arrest last March. It’s not clear whether he resigned or was terminated.

According to the charges, the former state employee was one of several men arrested during an undercover sex sting that took place at a St. Paul hotel March 7.

Before his work with the state Commerce Department, Deal worked for nearly 20 years in the community banking sector.

He was previously senior vice president and market president at Bank Midwest in New Ulm, MN., and market president of North American State Bank in Willmar, MN.