Ex-Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson in Court on 07 10 2019

Judge Chris Ryan presided over the hearing for Ex-Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson (in blue shirt).  LaSalle County Assistant State's Attorney Leila Siena (middle) prosecuted the case.  Olson was defended by Yorkville attorney Boyd Ingemunson (right).  (WSPYNews.com photo by James Wyman)


Former Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson pleaded guilty to a charge of Solicitation of a Sexual Act in LaSalle County Court in Ottawa on Wednesday.  Olson's guilty plea resulted in $750 in fines and court costs and one-year court supervised probation.

Olson will also submit to finger printing by July 24.  He was represented in court by Yorkville attorney Boyd Ingemunson.

LaSalle County Asst. State's Attorney Leila Siena outlined the charges against Olson.

Judge Chris Ryan presided over the hearing.

WSPY's Jim Wyman spoke with Olson and his attorney Boyd Ingemunson following the hearing.

Olson's arrest was part of a prostitution sting that was coordinated by the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office and the TRIDENT Drug Task Force.

The sting in March and April of this year targeted "Johns" at locations in Ottawa and Peru.

Eight other men were arrested in the sting, including a man from Earlville, 57 year-old Joseph Hanley and a teen from Waterman, 18 year-old Wiley Sawyer.

Olson was charged on May 10th and resigned as Sandwich Mayor on May 13.

Olson must pay his $750 fine by January 7, 2020.

Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY Radio story by clicking the link below:


Former Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson has pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor Solicitation of a Sexual Act charge that was filed against him in May.

WSPY News Reporter Jim Wyman reported live on the plea, Wednesday morning, from the LaSalle County Courthouse in Ottawa.

The 66 year-old Olson of Sandwich was among nine individuals charged in connection with an alleged prostitution sting that took place in the Ottawa and Peru areas.

Court records indicate Olson was among men who were accused of offering money to an informant "Nicky" in exchange for sex on March 14th, 2019 when many of the encounters occurred.

Olson resigned as Sandwich mayor on May 13th and Rich Robinson was named as acting mayor. Prior to his election as mayor in 2013, Olson was the city's police chief, beginning with the city in 1994.

LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said in a statement when charges were filed that a joint undercover investigation into the prostitution, which had connections to the use of illegal drugs and related robbery, battery, homicide and other crimes, dates back to 2016.

WSPY will bring you more on this morning's hearing throughout the day on our news.