Boulder School Counselor Admits Soliciting Prostitute

BOULDER, Colo. -- School district officials planned to meet this week to discuss the future of a counselor who pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute.

Casey Middle School counselor Dr. Michael Todd Barta, 46, pleaded guilty Friday to the misdemeanor charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11.

Barta has been on paid leave since his arrest in June.

Police were tipped off by a woman -- who said she was a "professional escort" -- that a man paying her for sex told her that his "deepest, darkest secret would be to have sex with a 12-year-old girl," according to an arrest report. She said she recognized him as a counselor at her child's school.

Barta was arrested after an undercover police officer who answered his ad on Craig's List met him at the 29th Street Mall.

Police said the posting read, "Handsome, professional seeking stress-reliever for $$."

Barta has been a counselor at Casey since 2000.

Boulder Valley School District officials will decide what's next for Barta after reviewing his court record this week, spokesman Briggs Gamblin said.

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