Carmel cuts ties with arts consultant following prostitution arrest

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CARMEL – An art gallery owner and proponent of the Carmel Arts District will no longer be allowed to represent the city following his arrest in an undercover prostitution sting.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said Evan Lurie’s contract will not be renewed.

In a statement sent to Fox 59, Brainard said, “Even though he has done good work for the city in the past, given the nature of the allegations, Mr. Lurie will not be allowed to represent the city or the Arts District and his contract will not be renewed.”

Brainard called the entire situation “regrettable.”

According to a police report, Lurie set up a meeting for a session with a woman he found through an online advertisement. That woman turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Lurie was also charged with possession of paraphernalia. Lurie, who has an art gallery in downtown Carmel, has played an important role in the city’s development over the years. He charged the city $100 an hour as an arts consultant. He opened his gallery in 2007.

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