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Prostitution conviction of Obama's friend stricken from court record

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:28 p.m. HST, Oct 20, 2011

The prostitution conviction of Robert. R. "Bobby" Titcomb, a close friend of President Barack Obama, was removed from his record under a court agreement confirmed Wednesday.

Titcomb pled no contest to a charge of prostitution May 2  and was fined $500, but under a court agreement the charge was allowed to be stricken from his record if he stayed clean for six months.

A spokesman for the Honolulu Prosecutor's Office said a letter from his probation officer said that Titcomb had complied with all requirements of the deferral plea. The court ruled that no further action will be taken and Titcomb was granted a deferred acceptance of no-contest plea, the prosecutor's spokesman said. Titcomb did not appear in court Wednesday, but was represented by attorney William Harrison.

Titcomb, 49, was arrested at South and Pohukaina streets at 9:40 p.m. April 4 with three other men during a Honolulu police sting operation in Kakaako targeting prostitution customers.

Titcomb was charged with solicitation and released after posting $500 bail. The offense is a petty misdemeanor that carries a maximum fine of $500, community service and up to 30 days in jail.

Titcomb has already been granted an earlier deferral for fleeing the scene of a 1989 accident -- a petty misdemeanor charge.

Titcomb, who lives in Waialua, played golf with Obama during the first family's annual Christmas visit.

The president and his family spent the day at Titcomb's beachfront home in Mokuleia, where they ate barbecue, played volleyball and hung out on the beach.

Titcomb attended Punahou School with Obama.

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