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EX-ESCORT SERVICE OPERATOR SENTENCED TO PROBATION

Renee Bochenski, a former Buffalo escort service operator, today was spared a prison term on her guilty plea to a felony charge in a local prostitution crackdown.

Ms. Bochenski, 23, was placed on probation for five years by State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti in connection with a felony charge of attempted prostitution promotion linked to her former Star Escort service.

Ms. Bochenski, who held a temporary job as a carnival ride worker at the recent Erie County Fair, declined to comment, but Robert J. Tronolone, her attorney, said she is no longer involved with the escort business.

It will be up to the county probation department to decide Whether Ms. Bochenski can accept full-time employment with a traveling carnival rides organization, Tronolone said.

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark and prosecutor Kelley A. Omel said Ms. Bochenski -- who operated the Star service, also known as Hugs and Kisses, out of her home at 34 Kopernik St. off Clinton Street -- was indicted in May for operating a business fronting for prostitution.

Her indictment stemmed from a continuing probe of such local operations by the district attorney's office, the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda, court officials said.

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