LANCASTER, NY – A former Erie County jail guard, 55-year-old Wallace Waliczek of Lancaster was sentenced to three years of probation after he was caught helping his wife’s side gig as a prostitute.
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Waliczek became the subject of an investigation following the arrest of his wife. Investigators uncovered evidence that determined the he was directly involved in the crime and that he knowingly advanced or profited from prostitution.
“The defendant, who was employed as a jail deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, was off-duty at the time of the crime,” Flynn said.
According to a statement released by Flynn this week, On August 16, 2019, the Waliczek’s wife was arrested after she allegedly posted an online advertisement seeking money in exchange for sexual relations.
“An undercover officer with the Lancaster Police Department responded and arranged a meeting with the defendant’s wife at a parking lot on Transit Road near William Street. The evidence showed that the defendant was present at the time of the arranged meeting and surveilled the transaction while sitting inside of another vehicle in the parking lot,” the District Attorney’s Office said. “The defendant’s wife, 32-year-old Melissa A. Waliczek of Lancaster, was arraigned on one count of Prostitution (Class “B” misdemeanor). The case remains pending in Human Trafficking Court.”
Mrs. Waliczek pleaded guilty to one count of Promoting Prostitution in the Fourth Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) on January 26, 2022. Mr. Waliczek pleaded guilty to the only charge against him on the day before his jury trial was set to begin.