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DEMOCRACY RADIO and TALK USA RADIO founder and former AIR AMERICA RADIO EVP TOM ATHANS, the husband of Sen. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI), is cooperating with police in an investigation of a prostitution ring and admitted to police that he paid a prostitute $150 for sex in FEBRUARY, according to a report in the DETROIT NEWS

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Husband sleeps with prostitute U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., left, and her husband Thomas Athans.

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ATHANS was not arrested in the FEBRUARY 26th incident, in which he was observed by TROY, MI police entering and leaving a room at the RESIDENCE INN; the woman in the room, identified as ALYCIA LORRAINE MARTIN, was arrested and charged with prostitution, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for APRIL 22th. ATHANS was later ticketed for driving with a suspended license but got the charge reduced to "no operator's license in possession" and paid a $115 fine.

STABENOW's office issued a statement from the Senator reading, "This is very disturbing and serious. Obviously it's a deeply difficult and personal matter
 

TROY, Michigan (AP) -- The husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow told police he used the Internet to make a date with a prostitute and paid her $150 for sex at a hotel, according to a police report.

Whoever the ho is ...she ain't no Ashley Alexandra Dupree.

$150 bucks?

Thomas Athans, 46, co-founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network, was stopped by police who were investigating Internet-based prostitution at the hotel, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press under the state Freedom of Information Act.The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News first reported on the case in stories on their Web sites.Stabenow, in a statement, said it was "very disturbing and serious. Obviously it's a deeply difficult and personal matter."Troy police had set up a stakeout at the Residence Inn after learning of suspected prostitution at a room there February 25, the police report said. Officers said they saw Athans enter the room February 26 and leave 15 minutes later.They stopped Athans' car and informed him they were investigating prostitution."Mr. Athans informed officers that he had just met a female at the Residence Inn, where he paid $150 for sex," the report said. It said the woman performed oral sex on Athans.Police did not bring any sex charges against him but later mailed him a ticket for driving with a suspended license.Athans paid a $115 fine and reinstated his license, the News said.Athans was cooperative and "didn't drop any names or ask for preferential treatment," said department spokesman Lt. Gerry Scherlinck.Police arrested Alycia Martin, 20, of Westland in the hotel room on a charge of prostitution and confiscated a cell phone, laptop and $431. There is no telephone listing for her in Westland.Martin was freed on a $100 cash bond. She was arraigned March 12 in Troy District Court and returns for a pretrial hearing April 22. She did not have an attorney of record on Wednesday.Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, and Athans married in 2003.