Obama Golf Pal Bobby Titcomb Arrested for Soliciting Prostitute

President spends time with high school friend during vacations in Hawaii.

April 7, 2011, 9:27 AM

April 7, 2011 -- One of President Barack Obama's oldest friends has been arrested in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

Robert "Bobby" Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation Monday evening and later released on $500 bail, according to Honolulu police.

Titcomb, 49, attended Punahou School with Obama in their hometown of Honolulu in the 1970s. The president graduated in 1979, a year before Titcomb.

Since their time together in school they have remained close. Titcomb has visited the White House on numerous occasions to see the president, most recently during Obama's August birthday when he was included in a round of golf with Obama's closest friends at the links of Andrews Air Force Base. Afterwards Titcomb, among other friends, joined the president for a barbeque at the White House.

When the Obama family vacations in Hawaii over the Christmas holiday each year, they traditionally spend a full day at Titcomb's North Shore home, jet-skiing, grilling, and playing volleyball. In December the Obama family spent nearly the whole day at his home. Titcomb is also included in the golf and basketball outings of President Obama while in Hawaii.

Last December, Titcomb was seen on the golf course with Obama, shielding him from an errant golf ball. Watch the video HERE.

The White House had no comment on Titcomb's arrest. Titcomb has not publicly responded to the charges.

At 9:40 p.m. Monday, police said Titcomb was arrested near downtown at the intersection of South and Pohukaina streets, next to the Circuit Court building and a large parking lot. He posted bail about two hours later.This was not Titcomb's first interaction with the law. In 1987, he was arrested on drunken driving charges, which led to the 90-day suspension of his license and a $150 fine, according to state criminal records.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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