FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– A Greeley high school teacher has been arrested during a prostitution sting and placed on leave from his position.

Police said John Derek Haffner was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and patronizing a prostitute in Fort Collins. He was one of eight people arrested as part of a prostitution sting at a Fort Collins hotel.

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Haffner, 52, was a graduation interventionist who taught career and life choices at Greeley Central High School.

John Derek Haffner (credit: Fort Collins Police)

John Derek Haffner (credit: Fort Collins Police)

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According to Haffner’s LinkedIn profile, he also worked as a senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Pierce where stated his job was to “council persons with personal, ethical or spiritual struggles.”

According to the Greeley-Evans School District, Haffner was placed on paid administrative leave on Friday after school district officials learned of his arrest.

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Haffner is out of jail and scheduled to return to court in early June.