MAMMOTH SPRING -- A Mammoth Spring woman charged with three counts of prostitution pleaded not guilty in Mammoth Spring City Court Oct. 10.
Mary F. Hardwick, 24, appeared before Mammoth Spring Municipal Judge William T. Hass.
After reading the charges against her, Judge Hass asked the woman if she understood the charges and she said she did. She had also been charged with public intoxication and pleaded guilty to that charge also.
The judge ordered her to pay a fine of $200 on the public intoxication charge. She told the judge she did not have the money to pay the fine. He asked her where she worked and where she lived and how she supported herself. Hardwick said she lived with her father and he had been supporting her. Hass said she could set up a payment schedule with the city clerk.
When asked how she pled to the three counts of prostitution, at first Hardwick said she pled guilty. The Judge proceeded to tell her her a guilty plea would amount to a $500 fine or 90 days in jail.
Hardwick then asked Judge Hass if she pleaded not guilty would the case against her be put-off.
"Yes, we would then set a trial date for you and you will be given time to hire an attorney and to also bring witnesses to the trial in your defense," Judge Hass said.
Hardwick then changed her plea to not guilty. Hass gave her a court date of Nov. 14 in Mammoth Spring City Court.
Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis arrested Hardwick on the three counts of prostitution earlier this month. In a written report dated Oct. 1, he said he had confronted the woman about several complaints of prostitution against her. Davis said she admitted to him at that time that she had been having sex for money.