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Man Who Traded Drugs For Sex Sentenced

Posted On October 19, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Franklin County Courthouse.

(Batesville, Ind.) – Sentencing has come for a Batesville man who traded drugs for sex with addicts.

Ronald Stirn was arrested after 24-year-old Alyssa Heppner died of a heroin overdose in his Batesville apartment on October 23, 2015.

The fatal dose was sold to Heppner by another dealer, Virginia Hooten, 23, of Milford. Hooten was sentenced to nine years with three years suspended to probation in Franklin County court this past May after pleading guilty to Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (level 4 felony).

Investigators said the 56-year-old Stirn preyed on Heppner and her twin sister, who each had a drug addiction. He supplied them pills in exchange for sexual favors, in addition to providing them a place to use drugs.

Last month, Stirn pleaded guilty in Franklin County court to charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony) and Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance (class A misdemeanor).

On Tuesday, a just sentenced Stirn to one year in jail and one year of probation. He faced a maximum of 2 ½ years behind bars.

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