WALWORTH, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Walworth Town Board member Karel Ambroz II, 57, was arrested on July 15 and charged with Attempted Criminal Sex Act.
Ambroz was a member of the board at the time of his arrest. He resigned from his position shortly after the arrest was made public Thursday.
According to investigators, Ambroz used social media to attempt to meet a 14-year-old for sexual activity. Ambroz instead met an undercover Canandaigua City Police detective, who arrested him.
Ambroz is a Walworth Town Board member, his term on the board expires December 31. He is also a past chief of the Walworth Fire Department, where according to his social media accounts, he assisted with the explorer program.
Ambroz was released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to return to court on July 28. Police say additional charges are pending.
“If these people are going to hunt our children, we’re going to hunt them,” says Chief Matthew Nielsen with the Canandaigua City Police.
Nielson says in this case, Ambroz reached out to what he thought was a young girl on social media, but it was an undercover detective.
“(The detective) makes it clear the age he’s representing and he allows them to dictate the conversation.”
The detective spending a lot of personal time engaging people online. The technology today makes it easier to apprehend people like Ambroz.
“It’s evident by the volume of people we’re actually arresting recently for this,” he says.
This engaging minors online he says is a national problem, but Canandaigua he says is investing more time and resources. Just last week they arrested five alleged sexual predators.
In Walworth, News 8 did go to Ambroz’s property, but he asked us to leave and declined comment. Some residents were taken aback by the news but declined to go on camera.
Nielsen says the thought of anyone engaging in the activities Ambroz is accused of with his kids, — is one of his greatest fears.
“As parents, we’re doing all we can to help protect other people’s children as well,” he says.
The Walworth Fire Department posted on Facebook Thursday evening, saying “We are aware of the situation with a member of our department. We are addressing the situation and will have an official press release in the near future.”
Ambroz was in court on Wednesday, July 28 to hear his charges. He is due back in court on August 11 at 9 p.m.
The Town of Walworth Conservative Party sent out a statement Thursday evening, saying:
Today, Walworth Town Councilman Karel Ambroz was arrested and charged with “Attempted Criminal Sex Act” by the City of Canandaigua City Police. Councilman Ambroz is alleged to have used social media to meet with a 14 yr. old for sexual activity.
This behavior is egregious and unacceptable of anyone much less a sitting town councilman. At the time of this release, Councilman Ambroz has resigned his position on Town Council and I have personally reached out to Mr. Ambroz to ask for his declination of the Conservative Party Line for this November’s election that he was awarded at our caucus on June 21, 2021.
Once his declination is received, I will work with the designated committee to ensure we replace him on the November ballot with a candidate that we can be sure will uphold the ideals and principles of the Conservative Party.
— R. Steven Gallaher, Chairman, Walworth Conservative Party
Walworth Republican Committee released a statement on Friday.
The Walworth Republican Committee was informed last evening about the arrest of Councilman Karel Ambroz for “Attempted Criminal Sex Act” by using social media to entice a 14 year old, who turned out to be an undercover officer.
Following the arrest, Mr. Ambroz resigned his position from the Walworth Town Board.
Our Republican Committee, who places Mr. Ambroz on our ticket at the June caucus for continuing his seat on the board in November, will meet immediately to ask for his declination of our support, and his removal from our ticket.
The Committee to Fill Vacancies will meet this weekend to choose his replacement on our slate of candidates for the Fall.
We are saddened and appalled by the action of our candidate and local representative to the Walworth Town Board.
— Patti Holdraker
Waldworth Republican Committee Chair
News 8 reached out to the town board, they have yet to respond.