Mayor blackmailed, arrested for paying for sex with man

This updated booking photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Fledderman, the three-term mayor of Batesville, Ind. who has been charged with patronizing a male prostitute.

This updated booking photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Fledderman, the three-term mayor of Batesville, Ind. who has been charged with patronizing a male prostitute. AP Photo/Indiana State Police

This updated booking photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Fledderman, the three-term mayor of Batesville, Ind. who has been charged with patronizing a male prostitute.  AP Photo/Indiana State Police

This updated booking photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Fledderman, the three-term mayor of Batesville, Ind. who has been charged with patronizing a male prostitute.

BATESVILLE, Ind. — An HIV-positive Indianapolis man has been charged with trying to blackmail a small-town Indiana mayor after the two had sex at the politician’s home.

Batesville Mayor Richard Fledderman, 60, was charged Tuesday with patronizing a prostitute, while Randy Wigle-Stevens, 42, has been charged with failure to disclose dangerous communicable disease status, prostitution, and intimidation.

The case was taken up by Indiana State Police after Wigle-Stevens went to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on July 19 claiming he had been sexually assaulted by the mayor. Police investigators have since uncovered conflicting tales of what happened.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday, Fledderman told police he found Wigle-Stevens through a website, saying he was seeking a massage while his wife was out of town. Detective Roger Drew said Fledderman later admitted he was looking for sex.

Booking photo of Randy Wigle-Stevens, who is accused of failing to disclose his HIV status and attempting to blackmail Batesville.

Booking photo of Randy Wigle-Stevens, who is accused of failing to disclose his HIV status and attempting to blackmail Batesville.

Fledderman told Drew he paid Wigle-Stevens $170, including a $10 tip, for consensual sex at his Batesville home on June 7, 2014, according to the affidavit. Drew said Wigle-Stevens told him Fledderman forced him to perform a sex act.

Fledderman told police that the other man realized he was a public official and demanded $500 for his silence, claiming he had DNA evidence of their encounter. Wigle-Stevens admitted he saw a badge reading “Mayor of Batesville” and that he called Fledderman several days later asking for $250 more for the extra two hours they spent discussing politics at the mayor’s house.

Fledderman told Drew he met Wigle-Stevens in a parking lot and paid him $250, plus $20 for gas. He said Wigle-Stevens told him he had a brown prescription bottle that contained a paper towel carrying his DNA. Fledderman later discovered the bottle was empty, the affidavit says.

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