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Former Batesville mayor pleads guilty to patronizing a prostitute

Batesville City Mayor Richard Fledderman (Source: Batesvilleindiana.us) Batesville City Mayor Richard Fledderman (Source: Batesvilleindiana.us)
Mug shot for Batesville City Mayor Richard Fledderman, provided. Mug shot for Batesville City Mayor Richard Fledderman, provided.
Mugshot for Randy Wigle-Stevens, provided. Mugshot for Randy Wigle-Stevens, provided.
Former Batesville mayor Richard Fledderman was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to charges related to his involvement with a male prostitute last year. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste) Former Batesville mayor Richard Fledderman was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to charges related to his involvement with a male prostitute last year. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste)
Richard Fledderman getting into a car after receiving a year of probation (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste) Richard Fledderman getting into a car after receiving a year of probation (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Woeste)
BATESVILLE, IN (FOX19) -

Former Batesville mayor Richard Fledderman was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to charges related to his involvement with a male prostitute last year.

Indiana State Police said Fledderman paid Randy Wigle-Stevens for sex last June of last year.

Wigle-Stevens, 42, of Indianapolis, failed to disclose he had HIV and threatened to go public with the encounter unless Fledderman paid him additional money, according to Indiana State Police.

[Related: Male prostitute: Mayor 'sexually assaulted me']

Both men were arrested after that, and Fledderman was charged with patronizing a prostitute. 

Wigle-Stevens has also pleaded guilty to charges of prostitution, intimidation and failure to disclose dangerous communicable disease status.

Fledderman stepped down from his role of mayor, following his arrest.

In a statement Wednesday, Fledderman said, "throughout this process I have cooperated fully and today brings closure on this matter. I regret my actions and I am truly sorry for the hurt I have caused my family in this community. I am focusing on moving forward with my family and I will be making no further comments."

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