MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) – A former Streetsboro Councilman has been sentenced to jail for sending inappropriate pictures to a teenager.
John Rudiger, 44, was sentenced to a year behind bars followed by five years of parole.
Rudiger was arrested back in April 2021. Police in Mayfield Heights said Rudiger sent photos to a 13-year-old boy and then showed up at the teen’s house.
He was later found guilty of ‘Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles.’
Rudiger apologized during his sentencing on Tuesday and said he had no intention of engaging with a minor.
“I’ve now had a lot of time sitting in jail thinking about my actions and everything I’ve done to lead me to this point. I recognize what the prosecutor pointed out as reckless actions on my part were stupid, but I sincerely didn’t mean any criminal intent to engage with anyone that was underage,” said Rudiger.
The mother of the teenage victim also addressed the court and said, “We are here to finally put an unhappy chapter in our lives to rest.”
She said her son suffers from anxiety and depression, and the family has had “limitless financial impacts” from counseling.
Rudiger resigned from his position as a Streetsboro councilman.