A retired Erie County sheriff’s deputy who transported prostitutes to an event run by the Royal Order of Jesters was sentenced to one year on probation and fined $1,000.
Michael Lesinski, 51, of Derby, pleaded guilty last year to failing to report a felony crime, the U. S. Attorney’s Office said.
In April 2005—while he was still a member of the Sheriff’s Office — Lesinski transported about six prostitutes from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to a Jesters convention in Niagara Falls, Ont., prosecutor Robert C. Moscati said.
Lesinski’s involvement was discovered during an investigation of human trafficking crimes associated with the Jesters. The Buffalo FBI office, the U. S. Border Patrol, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the probe.
Lesinski is the fourth public official convicted in connection with an ongoing federal investigation of the Royal Order of Jesters in Buffalo, New York. He pleaded guilty to concealing a felony last November.
For more background see also Federal Probe of Jesters Expands, and The Trouble With Jesters.