A business law professor whose massage parlor in West Hollywood was closed after a series of sex-related arrests there pleaded no contest Thursday to conspiracy to maintain a house of prostitution and two counts of state income tax evasion.
As part of a plea bargain, prosecutors agreed not to charge Hal Mintz, 57, chairman of the business department at East Los Angeles College, with pimping and pandering, which carry mandatory three-year prison sentences on conviction, Deputy Dist. Atty. Eldon Fox said.
They also agreed to recommend a term of five years of formal probation and no more than one year in the county jail, in addition to fines, when Mintz is sentenced Sept. 26 in Superior Court, Fox said.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Community College District said the plea bargain might complicate its efforts to dismiss Mintz, who still holds his $45,000-a-year teaching job. The state education code says officials can immediately suspend anyone charged with pimping or pandering, but does not mention the lesser charges.