Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Daytona Beach official resigns after arrest in Backpage.com prostitution sting

Gary Shimun


The Daytona Beach deputy city manager has resigned after being caught up in a prostitution sting, authorities said Tuesday.

Gary Shimun, 60, submitted his resignation two days after showing up at a hotel in Daytona Beach Shores expecting to have sex with a 22-year-old college student for money, according to charging documents released Tuesday by the Volusia County State Attorney's Office.

An undercover female deputy sheriff placed an ad on Backpage.com pretending to be a student looking for a "discreet upscale gentleman." The ad stated that the woman wanted to make extra money and was offering "Christmas specials."

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According to court documents, Shimun and the woman texted on Dec. 14, discussed what he wanted and how much he would pay.

He met the woman in her room that afternoon but left quickly because he became suspicious when she insisted that he place cash on a table so she could make sure it was the agreed-upon sum, the report shows. One of the prices discussed was $100 per half hour, records state.

Volusia County deputy sheriffs stopped Shimun's truck after he drove away, but he would not speak to them and they did not arrest him, the report states.

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The State Attorney's Office decided to prosecute after an investigation into Shimun's text messages.

Shimun was charged Tuesday with offering to commit prostitution, a second-degree misdemeanor. His last day on the Daytona Beach payroll is Jan. 13. He currently is taking vacation time that was scheduled before the incident.

No attorney was listed for him Tuesday in court records.

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Shimun began working for the city on Sept. 29, 2014. He previously was city administrative officer in Plantation, town administrator in Davie, assistant city manager in Pembroke Pines and city manager in Hannibal, Mo., according to his resume.

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