Janesville man, 88, sentenced in prostitution case

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Frank Schultz
Saturday, June 28, 2014

JANESVILLE—A man accused of paying women for sexual favors was sentenced to three years probation this week in Rock County Court.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Robert L. Patterson pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting prostitutes.

A charge of keeping a place of prostitution and an additional charge of soliciting prostitutes were dropped but read into the record, according to online court records.

Patterson, 88, of 404 Rockport Road, Janesville, was arrested in January. Police said he had been paying women to take their nude photos for decades.

Some of the women were paid to perform sex acts, police said.

The acts occurred in a garage Patterson owns on Delavan Drive.

Judge Richard Werner ordered Patterson not to have any unrelated females in the garage, not to photograph nude or partially nude females and not to pay females for photos or sex acts.

Werner ordered that law enforcement may search garage at any time.

Patterson had kept albums full of his photos, according to the criminal complaint.

Werner ordered that all photos and DVDs in custody of Janesville police be forfeited to the police department.

Patterson also kept journals of his activities. He recorded 32 sex acts with nine women in 2007, and 54 acts with 12 women in 2008, for example, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint also suggests Patterson arranged meetings for sex for his friends.

One of several women who talked to police about Patterson said she was a crack cocaine addict and that Patterson took advantage of her addiction, according to the complaint.

Patterson told police he was stimulating the economy by paying women to pose and for sex, and he acknowledged that some of the money paid for the women's drug use, according to the complaint.

He also admitted that one of the women had a low-paying job, and she went to Patterson to make ends meet, according to the complaint.

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