Mich. Senator's Husband Caught in Hooker Bust

Ex-Air America exec wasn't arrested, might be called as a witness
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 2:16 PM CDT
Mich. Senator's Husband Caught in Hooker Bust
Senator Debbie Stabenow on election night.   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – A Michigan police sting has netted another notable john: Sen. Debbie Stabenow's husband was caught in February paying a 20-year-old prostitute $150 for oral sex. Police observed Thomas Athans enter a Troy hotel room and leave 15 minutes later, reports the Detroit News. Officers arrested a woman inside the room, and detained Athans in his car; he later admitted he met her through an online ad.

Athans was not arrested, but could be called as a witness if the prostitute goes to trial. Athans hasn't returned reporters' calls, but Stabenow, a Democrat, released a statement saying, "This is very disturbing and serious. Obviously it's a deeply difficult and personal matter." Athans was executive VP of Air America, which went bankrupt in 2006. (Read more Debbie Stabenow stories.)

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