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Obama's High School Pal Arrested in Prostitution Sting

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Richard Titcomb, an old high school buddy of President Obama from Hawaii, was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting an undercover cop posing as a prostitute during a sting operation.

The 49-year-old Titcomb, who has worked as a commercial fisherman and airline employee, was released on $500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

Both Obama and Titcomb attended Punahou School in Honolulu during the 1970s.  The president still dines out and plays golf and basketball with Titcomb whenever he vacations in Hawaii.

The arrest comes the same week Obama announced his intentions to run for reelection.  The president surely doesn't need any added distractions, especially with the possibility of a government shutdown this weekend.

The White House had no comment about the arrest.

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