(CNN) – A friend of President Barack Obama was arrested Monday for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, according to CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.
Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, was arrested with three other men Monday night and released later that evening after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Honolulu District Court May 2.
The Honolulu Department of Public Safety confirmed Titcomb's arrest to CNN Wednesday. The Honolulu Police Department confirmed an arrest with matching information but would not disclose the name of the individual.
According to Hawaii News Now, Titcomb and the president have been close friends since high school. The two are frequently seen golfing and dining together when the Obama family visits Hawaii.
Most recently the Obama family spent time with the Titcombs on a trip to Hawaii in late December 2010 and early January 2011. White House pool reports at the time noted Titcomb by name on multiple dates during the trip. According to CNN records, President Obama golfed with Titcomb on December 23, December 26, December 28 and January 2. The first family was joined by the Titcomb family on Christmas Day and spent most of December 30 at the Titcomb residence eating, playing volleyball and enjoying time on the beach. The first couple also had dinner with the Titcomb on December 29.
Titcomb had no comment when reached by Hawaii News Now.
– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz, Amanda Watts and Justin Lear contributed to this report
What can you expect from a man with a last name like that?
The ONLY reason this man has received national attention is because he is a friend of Obama...come on CNN this isn't journalism its petty gossip...
IIs the president responsible for that also. I don't see anything reported abouted anyone elses friend.report news!
Why the surprised look coming from a Hawaiian. Disgraceful look upon you. SMH
I dont believe we should judge Obama because his long term friend was arrested for prostitution, but yet again you know how that saying goes, "tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are"
We all have friends who turn out to make stupid decisions. I don't really see how this affects President Obama or the country in general.
What does this have to do with the President? This man was caught messing with a prostitute so how is this news towards the President? Stupid!
That should have nothing to do with President Obama as Chief Executive Officer. His friends life is his own personal business.
This is one of the few things that the President can't be blamed for. Hard to understand why people would do that when they're that high up. With all his money can't he get a girl without resorting to prostitution?
Wow thanks for becoming TMZ, CNN. Who cares of Obama knows this man. Anything for a story I guess
So, I'm waiting for the President to claim entrapment or that the police were acting stupidly and childish and we have a laua summit.
well this story is something else?
Now what the story doesn't say is whether the undercover officer was male or female. I'm sure National Enquirer will fill us in on the details.
everyone does this. we all have genitals. come on now
So his friend likes hookers, this is news because......??
Hahaha.....The prez best friend got caught, what does that tell us about the prez??? Hmm.....
What does this have to do with the president
LOL....only the classiest of friends for our president. The most classless president ever......Just look at his closest friends and name one that could be considered anything except a potential "model prisoner". Yuck, I can understand this one having to pay for it.....
And the Bush Family is in business with the bin Ladens. What's the point of this story? I'm sure every politician in Washington, and I mean everyone of them, knows a person that has been in trouble. How many of them were friendly with a family that was behind 9/11?
Why is this news? The headline shows the sensationalizing crap produced by CNN...
o wow another contraversial friend for obama
That should have nothing to do with President Obama as Chief Executive Officer. His friends life is his own personal business. p.s. entrapments should not exist when it concerns law enforcement officers making an arrest.
Guess who's not being invited over anymore?
Please this is not a reflection on Obama he can not control what his friends do. Election season is under way.
So what? Nobody needs to be held responsible for the actions of another. You can have someone as close as a spouse or parent or child of someone who does something that shocks the loved one–who never realized that there was an problem with that person. To highlight this story as if to bring blame to President Obama is not only unjust, it is also ignorant. I'm sure he is a surprised as anyone else. It wasn't murder, by the way. It would be hard for the majority to throw stones at this one!