The Wayne County Office of the Sheriff has reported that six people have been arrested for patronizing a person for prostitution.
Deputies say a tip from a Town of Ontario resident to a road patrol deputy of suspicious activity in the Ontario area deputies revealed information of an ad on the social media website Backpage.com of a female soliciting money for sex in the Ontario area.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies used social media to arrange a meeting with the female who was advertising sexual services for money. The female, a heroin addict prostituting herself for money to buy heroin, agreed to assist deputies in further investigations of people patronizing a person for prostitution.
Deputies say on Wednesday, April 26, Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies assisted by members of WayneNET, and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputies continued their investigation of persons answering the ad on the social media website; Backpage.com to meet a female at the Budget Inn on Route 104 in the Town of Ontario for the purpose of exchanging money for sex.
According to deputies, further investigation lead to the arrest of six men that solicited to “patronize a person for prostitution”.
Charged with patronizing a person for prostitution in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor;
Michael J. Fischer, 45, of 1135 Brooktree Lane, Webster, NY
Leopoldo Gil Sanchez, 33, of 6051 South Centenary Road, Sodus, NY
Robert L. Smith, 47, of 5320 Wells Curtice Road, Canandaigua, NY
James W. Barr, 59, of 1213 Creekside Trail, Webster, NY
Timothy J. Sullivan, 56, of 2362 Route 21, Palmyra, NY
Robert M. Assisi, 53, of 5970 Jerusalem Dr. Cicero, NY
Robert Smith is a doctor at UR Medicine’s Thompson Health. Thompson Health released an official statement Friday, regarding his arrest.
Deputies say each of the defendants was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ontario Justice Court on June 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
According to deputies, the female posting the original ad will not be identified as further investigations maybe conducted. Deputies say the female has been referred to substance abuse counseling services and is awaiting in-patient placement at this time.