By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
A Centerville man who was arrested and charged by the Appanoose County attorney with two sex-related criminal counts was recently sentenced to unsupervised probation.
William Henry Weideman, 49, of Centerville, entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea on April 13 to the reduced charge of third degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor.
Judge Kirk A. Daily April 13 sentenced Weideman to a fine, 30 days in the county jail, suspended, two years of unsupervised probation and credit for any time served.
Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott's original trial information filed March 29, 2011 charged Weideman with one count of pandering involving a minor, a class C felony and one count of enticing away a minor under the age of 16 for sexual purposes, a class D felony. A class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years and a class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
A press release issued by the Centerville Police Department Feb. 18, 2011 announcing the arrest of Weideman states he allegedly "sent a series of messages to a minor under the age of 16" to induce the "minor to become a prostitute" and he "attempted to entice away the minor with the intent to commit a illegal act upon them."
The release states during a search warrant of Weideman's residence seized "evidence including personal computers, documents, photographs, print and video media" and other items.
On April 17 Judge Daniel P. Wilson dismissed the pandering and enticing charges.
Weideman owes the state $222.75.