The former police chief in Country Club Hills was arrested last month in Matteson for soliciting a prostitute off an Internet ad, records show.
It’s at least the second prostitution arrest for Mark Scott, 54, who rose through the ranks to become chief of the police department before retiring last summer.
Matteson police and the Cook County sheriff’s police Special Operations Group ran an undercover prostitution sting March 19 at the La Quinta Inn, 5210 Southwick Drive. Police had posted ads under “escorts” on the website backpage.com and Scott responded, police reported.
They said Scott called, spoke with a woman who was actually an undercover police officer and offered to pay $60 for a half-hour of “full service,” which includes sexual intercourse and oral sex.
When Scott arrived at the La Quinta about 5 p.m., he was ticketed for solicitation of a prostitute, records show. He has an administrative hearing in May at Matteson Village Hall, where he faces up to a $500 fine.
The circumstances of his arrest resemble a 1998 incident in which Scott, then a detective with Country Club Hills, was accused of soliciting sex from a prostitute in Chicago Heights for $15. In that case, the “prostitute” was also an undercover law enforcement officer.