MINNEAPOLIS  (WCCO) — The man who ran the “Minnesota Nice Guys” online prostitution ring was sentenced Thursday, but won’t likely serve any time behind bars.

John Paul St. Marie, 66, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony promotion of prostitution and was sentenced to 15 years probation and ordered to pay a $150 fine and a $250 fee to attend a school for male customers of prostitutes.

St. Marie has a serious medical condition that requires him to have 24-hour care. Because of that, prosecutors didn’t ask that he serve time in jail because it would cost too much to keep him in locked up.

On the website, St. Marie connected prostitutes with “nice guy” customers whom he claimed were safe and would pay well.

St. Marie, a former assistant Hennepin County attorney, was sentenced in Ramsey County so there wouldn’t be a conflict of interest.

Comments (8)
  1. MARK says:

    im a nice guy,,, where do u sign up girls?

  2. thumbody says:

    Doesn’t seem like the “conflict of interest” mattered. Much more like taking care of our own!

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    Where in the constitution does it say a judge can punish someone less for taking a mental health class?

    Imagine if a judge punished a criminal less if they paid the Catholic Church money, and agreed to go to church on a regular basis?

    Mental health is a belief system, just like religion, and a mode of worship.

  4. thumbody says:

    Oh to see the little black book or computer files, maybe that would shed some light……………..

  5. pete says:

    Does this mean other prisoners with medical issues around the state can go free?

  6. Heidi Fleiss says:

    I wish my trial was in St. Paul!

  7. joe says:

    This is a case of “let’s not taint the color of our own” theory. I can see this case being sentenced in a very different way if the guy was a middle class person or worse if the person is of a minority. I don’t think he should be able to spemd serving time out of lock up due to medical issues…there are a lot of people who are locked up and in need of medical care such as the mentally ill. This makes me sick to think that this guys is being out in our streets due to is medical issues.