SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

A man from Springfield is on probation for the next three years for promoting prostitution.  Mark Fiedler pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced on Thursday afternoon.  

Greene County Circuit Judge Calvin Holden ordered Fiedler's conviction to be treated as a suspended imposition of sentence.   That means, if Fiedler successfully completes his probation, the conviction will no longer be on his public record.

Fiedler and his wife, Laura Fiedler, were charged in February 2012 after Springfield police conducted a prostitution sting in downtown Springfield in 2010.  Laura Fiedler had been placed on leave from her teaching job in the Springfield School District after the allegations surfaced; police say they caught her in September 2010 at the Landmark Building.

Laura Fiedler, who taught at Williams Elementary School, remains charged with promoting prostitution as well.  Her next court appearance is a motions hearing and is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.

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Explanation of "suspended imposition of sentence"