University of Maryland men’s assistant basketball coach Bruce Shingler was hit with a 30-day suspension, the school said Wednesday night, following an October arrest for asking a prostitute.
According to documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun, Shingler, 40, responded to an advertisement on a “Women Seeking Men” website, which was posted by an undercover detective for a special assignment team. Prince George County Police.
On October 14, the detective who posted the ad received a text message from Shingler, according to the documents, and finally told the trainer to contact her when she arrived at a Holiday Inn in Largo.
According to court documents, Shingler confirmed that he wanted to have sex upon entering the hotel room and exchanged a fee of $ 80. When Shingler gave the detective the money, she alerted the arrest team.
Shingler is currently awaiting a scheduled trial date of February 28. He could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison for soliciting a prostitute and / or a $ 500 fine under Maryland state law.
Maryland said, via the school newspaper, that Shingler had been suspended for “breach of his employment contract.”
Maryland interim head coach Danny Manning declined to comment further on the situation following the team’s 94-87 win over Northwestern on Wednesday night.
“We’re just trying to keep our heads above water and move on,” he said. “We’ll see how that plays out as we continue down this path. “
Manning added that he had yet to appoint an assistant to replace Shingler after everything had gone “pretty quickly.”
Shingler, from Maryland, mentioned his wife in a statement when he was introduced as an assistant in June.
“On a personal note, Maryland is home. I grew up as Terp attending games at Cole Field House. My mom lived across the street from campus. My wife, Lauren, attended St. John’s College High School. We can’t wait to get to campus and get down to business, ”he said.
Shingler and his wife, Lauren, have a son, Giovonni, and two daughters, Brooklyn and Savannah.
Prior to his hiring at Maryland, Shingler had already spent five seasons as an assistant in South Carolina, where he helped the Gamecocks reach the program’s first Final Four appearance in the 2016-17 season.
Shingler was also an assistant at Towson from 2012 to 2016, and worked at Morgan State and Kansas State.