SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Landmark Building in downtown has had its share of history in the more than 100 years since it was built. The structure has another story to add to its name after a husband and wife were accused of operating the oldest profession in the world on the third floor.
Mark and Laura Fiedler were charged on Monday afternoon with promoting prostitution. Laura Fiedler is a third grade teacher in the Springfield School District who has been on paid administrative leave since the case blew open about a year ago.
In February 2010, some of the tenants noticed something was up inside the historic building.
"I came in after hours one day, and the girl who was in the foyer was waiting right at the door, and when I came in the door she said, 'Hello. Scott?'" said Grady Cooper.
Cooper was not there to meet the woman; he was going to his office inside the Landmark.
Tips from tenants and building employees led undercover detectives to set up surveillance.
"Word sent around from the property manager that we were not to talk to them or tip them off or anything, so they could do their surveillance," said Cooper.
The probable cause statement that's the basis of the charges against the Fiedlers says detectives found that the business advertised on a website called backpage.com under the adult category. That was where an officer contacted the business, established what was offered and at what price. A meeting was set up at the building and the cops made their move.
Now the Fiedlers are charged with felonies.
"He's charged essentially with managing the prostitution business, whereas she's charged with assistance in that business," said Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.
Tenants said they haven't seen any unusual activity in the building since the bust last February.
"We don't see people hanging around in the lobby anymore, so it's back to business as usual here at the Landmark," said Cooper.