Obama friend charged with soliciting prostitute

HONOLULU (Reuters) – A longtime friend of President Barack Obama has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute in Honolulu, police said on Thursday.

Robert Titcomb was caught after he solicited sex from an undercover female police officer he had contacted through the Internet, said Dave Koga, a spokesman for the Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Local media reported that Titcomb, 49, went to school with Obama in Hawaii and plays golf with the president when Obama visits the state where he grew up.

Prosecutors charged Titcomb on Wednesday with a petty misdemeanor count of soliciting prostitution, and he faces a maximum penalty of 30 days behind bars, a $500 fine and community service, Koga said.

Titcomb was released after posting bail of $500, and his first court appearance is set for May 2.

(Reporting by Jorene Barut; Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Wendell Marsh in Washington; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Obama friend charged with soliciting prostitute