An angry judge made sure Saturday that exhibitionist Buffalo Bills fan Thomas Czechowski won't attend any home games this year.
In fact, Orchard Park Town Justice John M. Curran made doubly sure of that by ordering Czechowski, 35, of West Seneca, to sit alone inside the town Municipal Building's first-floor conference room during Saturday night's preseason game until 10:30 p.m.
Curran was reacting to comments Czechowski made in an interview published Aug. 23 in which he said he would ignore the judge's ban on his attending Bills home games and said he planned to go to the Bills Sept. 19 regular season home opener in a Groucho Marx disguise. After reading that, Curran ordered him to appear in court.
Czechowski and his girlfriend were each convicted in May of public lewdness for having sex in the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium last November. Curran fined them $500 each and sentenced them to 100 hours each of community service. He also banned the two from going to Wilson Stadium -- even the parking lots -- for a year.
To ensure that Czechowski stays away from home games and fulfills his hours of community service -- none of which he has performed so far -- the judge Saturday amended his order: Czechow-ski must perform community service during the entirety of each Bills home game throughout the 1999-2000 season. He also must complete 20 hours of that work per month until he has complied with the 100-hour requirement.
If he is not doing community service during those home games, he must report to Orchard Park police a half-hour before games and sit in that same conference room until the end of each game. He must report to the Erie County community service program, to which he was previously referred, by this Friday, Curran said.
Curran also threatened Czechowski with jail time, up to the 90-day maximum, if he violates any of the new conditions.
Czechowski was annoyed by Curran's latest conditions.
"I didn't expect to be detained here for three hours tonight," he said outside the courtroom, noting that he had not planned to attend the game anyway. "He might as well have thrown me right in jail."
Pausing, he added, "Hey, I still can go to away games and may go to the Indianapolis game. I'm not apologizing for my actions. I was having fun."
Dressed in a white shirt, khaki pants and a black leather vest, Czechowski came to court without Mia Arricale, his girlfriend. The judge immediately asked him if he had made the published statement attributed to him.
Czechowski stammered, then said: "I might have. I was almost coaxed into it. I didn't mean to defy the (court order).
"I said that maybe I'd wear Groucho Marx glasses," he added, as he stood with his attorney, Daire B. Irwin, at his side.
"The court is aware that the mere expression of an intention by the defendant to violate the order does not constitute a violation of it," Curran said.
"Nevertheless, this court must and will do everything within its power to make sure that the defendant complies with the court's order in every detail. It also must be absolutely clear that the entire burden of compliance with the order rests solely and exclusively on the defendant. Neither the court, nor the police, are here to baby-sit convicted criminals to compel lawful behavior."
Irwin said he respects the decision but still may appeal.
"I think the judge felt my client may have been thumbing his nose at the court," Irwin said. "I think the judge did what he had to do. He felt as though he had to respond."
But Irwin said the public seems more concerned about people's sexual activities than other more important problems. "I think sometimes we need to put things in perspective," he said.
As for Czechowski, he said he was the only victim of his actions. "The only person I hurt in this was myself. There was no violence," he said. "I got on trial for what? For making it with my girl?"