Bloomsburg Mayor resigns after charges of patronizing prostitutes


BLOOMSBURG—The Mayor of Bloomsburg has resigned after being charged with patronizing prostitutes. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that  Eric Bower waived his preliminary hearing on charges. Shapiro says he also resigned from his position as Mayor and town constable, effective immediately.

Bower of East Third Street, Bloomsburg was charged April 20 for patronizing prostitutes after he solicited sex from a state police confidential informant. Shapiro says, Bower negotiated a fee for sex with the informant and arrived at the location with cash and condoms, where he was taken into custody by police.

Columbia County District Attorney Thomas Leipold referred the case to the Office of Attorney General. The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray.

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