COUNCIL BLUFFS — A former University of Nebraska at Omaha football coach has pleaded not guilty to a charge of soliciting prostitution.
Pat Behrns, 63, entered the plea earlier this month. His trial has been scheduled for Nov. 19, according to court records.
Behrns and nine others, including four Omaha women, were arrested July 23 as part of a prostitution sting in which initial contacts were made over the Internet. The operation was conducted by local and federal authorities.
Investigators allege in court documents that they arrested Behrns in Council Bluffs after he met with a female undercover officer in a hotel room and agreed to oral sex in exchange for $200.
Behrns, of Blair, Neb., posted 10 percent of $2,000 bail that night and was released from the Pottawattamie County Jail.
Behrns' attorney, David Richter of Council Bluffs, declined to comment.
Behrns was head coach of the Mavericks from 1994 through the program's dismantling in March 2011, as UNO prepared to join the NCAA's Division I ranks.
He was also the head coach of the University of North Dakota football team from 1980 to 1985.
Soliciting prostitution in Iowa is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by not more than two years in jail.