Naples Police Department
Actor Patrick Boll and five other men have been busted in a Florida prostitution sting.
Boll, a 53-year-old Broadway actor whose film and television credits include Burn After Reading, Gossip Girl, How to Be Single, Law & Order and Quantico, was arrested in a hotel room and later charged with one count of soliciting for prostitution. Per the police report viewed by E! News, he gave the officer posing as a prostitute $150 in cash "and negotiated to have straight sex." A resident of Weehawken, N.J., Boll was booked in Collier County Feb. 9. Bond was set at $2,000.
The men arrested range in age from 29 to 70, including Richard Cecil, a former pastor of The Father's House. One of the other men, Judge Jay Rosman, was also booked for resisting arrest.
Boll stars in the touring production of The King & I, which ran from Feb. 6-11 in Naples.
The six men allegedly made contact with an undercover officer via text message, and made plans to meet at a Naples hotel. The undercover officer, posing as a prostitute, negotiated a price with the men, who were subsequently arrested. "It's just shocking that it happens in our neighborhood and that people who you think are good community members are doing this sort of thing," Cecil's neighbor, Susan Rugle, told local affiliate NBC2 News. Arguing there is "no explanation" for their behavior, Cecil's former neighbor, Lynn Mackey, added, "It's a shock to think all of these prominent men that are in our community...could get together and form this."
Boll, who is out on bail, has not commented on his arrest. His next court date is set for March 7.
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