Batesville mayor pleads guilty in prostitution, extortion case

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Update (April 13, 2016) – Former Batesville mayor Richard Fledderman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 365 days, all suspended to probation.

BATESVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 26, 2015)-- Batesville's mayor resigned Wednesday after being arrested in connection with a prostitution and extortion case.

On August 11,  State Police arrested former mayor Richard C. Fledderman, 60, who allegedly paid for sex acts with Randy Wigle-Stevens, 42, of Indianapolis, in June.

Wigle-Stevens was also arrested. Officers say he didn’t tell Fledderman that he was HIV-positive before engaging in the sex acts. Police say Wigle-Stevens threatened to go public with the information unless Fledderman paid him more money.

Randy Wigle-Stevens

Randy Wigle-Stevens

Batesville City Council President Gene Lambert has been serving as acting executive for Batesville since Fledderman’s arrest. A replacement will be selected to finish the current term, which ends on December 31, 2015.

“It is important to the City that all city business continue uninterrupted for the remainder of the Mayor’s term of office,” said Lambert.  “Throughout this process, the City Council and I have been consulting with legal counsel to consider and pursue all legal options to ensure continuation of the City’s operations.”

Fledderman released the following statement:

"It is with great regret that I must step down as mayor of Batesville, a city that I have been privileged to serve for two decades. I am truly sorry for my actions and for the hurt I have caused my family and community as a result. It is my hope that the City of Batesville can move forward under new leadership while I take this time to focus on my health, my family and my friends whom I love very deeply.”