UPDATE: Senate aide resigns after Nashua prostitution sting
NASHUA - A 62-year-old Manchester man is among 10 people arrested in an online prostitution sting conducted by the Nashua Police Dept. last week.
David Wihby, of 540 Kerney Circle, was charged with soliciting a prostitute after he allegedly responded to an online advertisement.
Police conducted the sting at two Nashua hotels.
"We are all upset and shocked obviously because we don't know what he was going through to have to go through what he's going through," said Manchester Alderman Joseph Kelly Levasseur.
Wihby is a notable figure in New Hampshire and has held many positions in state and local politics.
He most recently served as State Director for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), a position from which he has now resigned, according to a statement released by Ayotte.
Wihby also previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Labor and was a Manchester alderman for eighteen years. He's also currently the Vice Chair of the Manchester School Committee.
On Sunday, multiple sources told NH1 News that Wihby had been hospitalized following his arrest and released from custody on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
A man who answered the door at his Manchester home Sunday afternoon said the family currently did not have comment.
Wihby's former colleagues and friends said they were sympathetic.
"I was obviously shocked when I heard what happened and I'm sure everybody is expressing negative opinions, but Dave has always been good to me," said NH Dept. of Labor Commissioner Jim Craig. "He's always been upfront and fair in his dealings with me over the years."
Wihby is married, and has two children.
On Sunday morning, Sen. Ayotte released the following statement:
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte's office has learned that State Director David Wihby was arrested Friday evening in Nashua on a misdemeanor charge for solicitation of prostitution. Senator Ayotte issued the following statement:
"I am shocked and deeply saddened that David Wihby, my state director and a friend for many years, has been arrested under these circumstances. David obviously cannot continue his duties, and I have accepted his resignation. This is a very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved."
Wihby is scheduled to be arraigned on May 11.