WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) _ A former alderman of a small town was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail and three years of probation on charges he tried to solicit women to pay him for sex.

Waupaca County Circuit Judge John P. Hoffman also ordered that Lyle Craig Bain perform 150 hours of community service and avoid earning any money from books, articles, television, radio or newspaper interviews he may grant.

Bain, 38, of New London, served on that city's Common Council from 1986 until he resigned last month after being convicted of four felony counts of soliciting for prostitution.

He told the court before sentencing that his actions were ''stupid, ridiculous, uncalled for and unjustified,'' but he asked for a lenient sentence ''not for myself but for my wife and children. They are the innocent victims here.''

Bain was a well-known leader in New London, a rural community of 6,000 in northeastern Wisconsin about 50 miles southwest of Green Bay.

Bain was arrested in November in a police sting operation after a woman reported he had offered to hire her as ''prostitution broker.''

According to authorities, Bain tried to hire six women to find other women who would be willing to pay to have sex with him.

Defense attorney Thomas Johnson cited Bain's lack of a previous criminal record in asking for no jail time and probation plus 750 hours of community service.

''There was no beating. There was no molestation. There was a lot of filthy talk,'' Johnson said.

The charges had carried a maximum of 20 years in jail and $40,000 in fines.