BEECH GROVE, Ind. - A judge found Beech Grove City Councilman David Mobley guilty of a misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute Wednesday afternoon.
Mobley, 65, was found guilty of offering $20 for a sex act to an undercover officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The solicitation was made in the 3200 block of East Washington Street, an area known for prostitution, in March 2012.
Mobley had already agreed to the price and to the act and was promptly arrested. Moments later, he denied soliciting sex but blurted out that he had experienced a moment of weakness.
Even though he was convicted by a judge who regarded the evidence as beyond a reasonable doubt, Mobley remained in denial.
"That's because the police officer lied. The police officer lied. They committed a felony," Mobley said.
Mobley was sentenced to 361 days in jail, all of it suspended. He was ordered to pay a $1 fine, $168 in court costs and perform 40 hours of community service.
He was also ordered to attend counseling for sexually transmitted diseases.
Mobley said he shouldn’t have to resign his council seat because it was only a misdemeanor conviction.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley released the following statement:
"Councilman Mobley's recent conviction reinforces my 2012 call for his resignation from the Beech Grove City Council. Two years ago, when I became mayor, I was astounded by how some of our city's elected officials conducted themselves, and to this day, we are still dealing with the repercussions of their actions. As elected officials, we are stewards of the public trust, and the people we serve understandably hold us to a higher standard. The people of Beech Grove deserve better."
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