LaSalle County Government Complex (Courthouse)

LaSalle County Etna Road Government Complex (LaSalle County photo)

The second of three public officials who were charged earlier this year in a LaSalle County prostitution sting has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Battery charge.

LaSalle County Court records show 65 year-old Roger Bolin, the Putnam County Public Defender, entered the plea Wednesday morning and was sentenced by Chief Judge Chris Ryan Jr. to a year of court supervision and a $750 fine in exchange for the dismissal of solicitation and attempted solicitation charges.

Bolin was among nine suspected, "Johns," including now former Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson, charged in a prostitution sting at locations in Ottawa and Peru where authorities used an informant, "Nicky" who was allegedly offered money in exchange for sex.

Olson pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor charge of Solicitation of a Sexual Act and was issued the same sentence and fine. He resigned as mayor shortly after a charge was filed.

Other men from Earlville, Waterman, Peru and elsewhere were also charged. Bolin's plea on Wednesday following a recent ruling in the case of the third high-profile case in the sting, 54 year-old James Schaefer of Peru.

Schaefer, an Illinois Valley Community Hospital Executive, filed a motion to suppress arguing that police should not have been allowed to use audio recording devices, hidden from view and that the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office allegedly did not give formal written consent for the use of the audio recording in the sting.

Judge Ryan ruled that the recording was not illegal and that the case should not be tossed, but also ruled that the prosecution could not use the recording to play for a jury, unless a witness was found to be lying.

Schaefer is due back in court on October 9th at 9:00 a.m.