Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ashley Madison customers revealed: Todd Wiesehan, key administrator and planner for Missouri's fastest-growing county, appears at cheaters' Web site

Todd and Paula Wiesehan
The director of resource management for Missouri's fastest growing county appears on the list of paying customers for the Ashley Madison extramarital-affairs Web site.

Todd Wiesehan was promoted in June 2017 to director of the Christian County Resource Management Department. Before that, he served for six years as the Christian County Planning Department Administrator. On his LinkedIn page, here is how Wiesehan describes that job:

I am a Planner and serve as the Planning and Zoning Department Administrator for the unincorporated portion of Christian County Missouri. My mission is to lead my department with an eye toward guided and organized development which is in line with the vision set forth in our comprehensive plan. I supervise a staff of five and work closely with our County Commission as well as our appointed Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment. I also serve as the County's representative on numerous local and regional planning organizations.

That is a challenging task because Christian County is to southwest Missouri what Shelby County is to north central Alabama. It is filled with bedroom communities, such as Ozark and Nixa, which are burgeoning with each census period. From the Christian County Assessor's Web page:

The county had a population of 54,285 in 2000 census. According to the 2010 census, the county's population is 77,422 (a 42.6 percentage increase from 2000 census), making it the fastest growing county in Missouri and one of the fastest growing in the nation as the county becomes more suburban as growth continues in Springfield. Its county seat is Ozark. The county was organized in 1859 and is named after William Christian, a Kentucky soldier of the American Revolutionary War.

Christian County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to Wiesehan's Facebook page, he is studying homeland security at Missouri State University. He is married to Paula Wiesehan, who works as a nurse practitioner at Burrell Behavioral Health. According to her Facebook page, she studied psychiatric mental-health nursing at the University of Kansas.

Based on their Facebook pages, the couple has one child, a daughter who is into softball. The Wiesehans live at 3433 E. Blueridge St. in Springfield, MO, in a house with an appraised value of $228,800.

When asked for comment, Todd Wiesehan replied as follows:

I understand that you are going to publish whatever you deem appropriate for your story. For my part, all I can say is that, between the end of my first marriage and prior to meeting my current wife, I explored several typical dating websites, and out of curiosity (and perhaps hurt/anger), looked into this one. I’m sure this sounds naive, but as a recent victim of infidelity myself at that moment in my life, it was worth a few bucks just to see if what this site was advertising could even be real and that so many people were doing what was done to me. I never met or communicated with anyone as a result of giving the site my information and creating a profile. I basically concluded that it was mainly a creepy scam and moved on, somewhat encouraged that I could trust again.

I have never cheated on my past or present spouse or with another married person during that period when I was single – and I never will. Again, I do understand the intent of your series of articles and I do regret the mistake of ever clicking on that popup ad. Beyond that, I have no guilt or apology to make to my wife or anyone else in relation to that website.


Article with links to 1-40 in Ashley Madison series

(41) David Armistead, director of enterprise sales, TekLinks, Birmingham (10/19/17)

(42) William House, VP and controller, HealthSouth, Birmingham (10/26/17)

(43) Olin B. Barnes III, VP, One Resource Group, Birmingham (11/1/17)

(44) T.J. Bunn Jr., ST Bunn Construction, Tuscaloosa (11/2/17)

(45) Todd Deffenbaugh, VP and controller, Express Oil Change, Birmingham (11/6/17)

(46) Richard D. Crites, lawyer and reserve deputy, Springfield, MO (11/13/17)

(47) Mark C. Trudeau, CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, St. Louis, MO (11/15/17)

(48) Peter Blasi, lawyer, Evans Blasi, St. Louis, MO (11/16/17)


Anonymous said...

Gotta give Mr. Wiesehan props for an excellent response. He comes out of this looking pretty good.

legalschnauzer said...

@8:34 --

Agreed. I thought it was by far the best response I've received on an AM post. Don't know if it's all true, but I'll take Mr. Wiesehan's word for it -- and all in all, I'd say he turned a negative into a positive. Good for him.

Anonymous said...

This guy needs to pursue a career in public relations. He's good at it. Think he missed his calling.

Anonymous said...

His response was definitely great and seemed truthful. But, is he really the type of person that you were looking to target? He lives more than a blue collar / modest live and a small house of 228K?

legalschnauzer said...

@3:27 --

I don't think I've ever said I was "looking to target" anyone. Makes it sound like I'm out in the woods, on a tree stand, looking to shoot certain deer -- and I don't care for any kind of hunting.

My recollection is that I've stated my reporting on AM would focus on "high-level professionals," generally people who hold positions of trust with the public. Don't think I've ever said the person has to be rich, although most that I've covered have enviable incomes --and I suspect Mr. Wiesehan fits into that class. Not sure where you got the notion that he is blue collar. Mr. Wiesehan helps guide the growth of the fastest growing county in Missouri. As such, he probably deals in budgets of significant size. He also serves a population that is pretty wealthy. Much of the wealth of Springfield has moved to Christian County.

Lots of businesses and developers want to have a presence in Christian County, so it's likely Mr. Wiesehan plays a role in projects that involve millions of dollars and will be on the county's footprint for decades to come.

Compared to the guy who makes $12 m a year at a pharmaceutical company in St. Louis, I guess Mr. Wiesehan is a pauper -- almost all of us are, in that comparison. But I think we live in an age where a $228,000 house still is a pretty nice house. And if you help plan the growth of the state's fastest growing county, you are in a pretty influential position.

Anonymous said...

high-level professionals," generally people who hold positions of trust with the public

except when it comes to Democratic Alabama State Senators

legalschnauzer said...

I've asked you before to ID the Alabama senator who is on the list, and you responded with a smart-ass remark. So, what is your problem? I'm not aware of a senator, of either party on the list, and I asked for information from you, and you provided zip.

BTW why are you concerned only with a Democrat you claim is on the list? You seem to be engaging in political selectivism, the very thing you accuse me of.

You come across as nothing but a sour puss, smart-mouthed turd, so I'm not interested in whatever information you claim to have. Take it somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

When the critics come roast you for not treating the subjects of these reports fairly, point them to this post. As one commenter already said, this guy didn't come out looking bad in the end. He admitted he did something nebulous/stupid, but he took that experience and assimilated that into his life and moved on, hopefully having learned a little something in the process. From a "human interest" perspective, I feel like this story captured that angle. Well done, LS.

legalschnauzer said...

@12:39 --

Thanks for a thoughtful comment. Mr. Wiesehan did a good job of taking a negative and turning it into a positive. Kudos to him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah kudos too if he manages to deal with this completely unnecessary exposure.

legalschnauzer said...

"Unnecessary exposure"? According to whom? Why don't you attach your name to your heartfelt feelings. Some of us, including Mr. Wiesehan, have the courage and integrity to attach our names to what we write. That's why a lot of people admire how Mr. Wiesehan handled this. He came across as a stand-up guy, and no one is likely to confuse you with that.

You lob spit balls at those who report accurately on Ashley Madison. Takes a lot of class to anonymously critique those who expose one of the most corrupt companies in modern US/Canada history.

legalschnauzer said...

Memo to @7:27 --

Check out this ranking, and see how it sticks in your craw:

Guess how many truly independent blogs are on that list -- as in independent from any law firm, law school, media group, public-affairs organization, or social-justice group. There is one.

So what is the No. 1 truly independent law blog in North America? You are reading it, bub.

Anonymous said...

What did 7:27 say? Something you don't like to draw attention to?

legalschnauzer said...

I only take personal requests from those who have the wherewithal to identify themselves. Contact me via phone or email -- give your real name, location, workplace and any other pertinent identifiers -- and I will be glad to discuss.

Otherwise, I don't give a crap who you are or what you think.

Anonymous said...

Why not disable anonymous comments on the blog?

legalschnauzer said...

@8:59 --

Because I don't want to, and I run the blog. If you want to make decisions about a blog, I'd suggest you start one of your own.

Anonymous said...

"Takes a lot of class to anonymously critique those who expose one of the most corrupt companies in modern US/Canada history." - LS@7:40

Actually, as the title of the post states, your objective is to reveal the customers of Ashley Madison.