MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The former CEO of a Twin Cities hospital has pleaded guilty after he was arrested last year in an undercover prostitution sting.

David Cress, the former president and CEO of North Memorial Medical Center, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of engaging in prostitution. Cress originally pleaded not guilty to the charge in October 2010.

Hennepin County District Judge Robert Blaeser sentenced Cress to one year of probation and a $350 fine. 

Cress was arrested in September 2010 after Richfield Police said he tried to pick up a prostitute.

Shortly after the arrest, North Memorial named Larry Taylor as chief executive officer and cut ties with Cress.

Comments (4)
  1. Dave Seavy says:

    What is it about people that have it made in life, then go out and intentionally mess it all up? The acting trade, sports trade, positions that pay huge amounts of money, and they destroy themselves either physically, professionally, or both. This guy will certainly not get another CEO position in the metro. I’m not certain he needed to lose his job over a misdemeanor charge, but I can understand why the board did it. It seems like some people have no clue about how well they have it until they mess it up and it’s gone.

    1. Jack says:

      The arrogance of upper management is at times unbelievable. Ultimately this guy has ruined his life publicly but hopefully will turn around and examine his life carefully and turn to God. That would be the most hope he has.

  2. Laurabelle says:

    Very sad situation, but it did give the North Memorial Board of Directors an excuse to do what they had wanted to do for awhile. On a more positive note NM is much better off with the new CEO in place. I can tell you from personal experience the arrogance and self centeredness that made him above the laws of society did not make him a very good leader.

  3. Bennie says:

    He is my cousin and not a bad guy. A former veitnam vet, and if everybody else is innocent, please cast the first stone.

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