Husband of state senator charged with soliciting a prostitute

2012-07-19T18:45:00Z 2012-08-11T17:31:07Z Husband of state senator charged with soliciting a prostituteBy Lincoln Journal Star

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for the husband of Nebraska state Sen. Abbie Cornett when he failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Mark Stranglen of Bellevue was to appear in Douglas County Court on Wednesday morning on the allegation. He was ticketed in December. When he didn't show up, the warrant was issued and bond set at 10 percent of $10,000.

Stranglen, 47, formerly was a crime scene analyst with the Omaha Police crime lab. In 2010, he worked in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as a forensic photographer for a defense contractor investigating war crimes and terrorism.

Cornett met Stranglen when she was a police officer with the Omaha Police Department. They married in 1997 and have three daughters.

This is Cornett's last year as a state senator, due to term limits. She has served as chairwoman of the Legislature's Revenue Committee since 2009.

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