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Ex-Niagara prosecutor admits harassing girlfriend; Judge bars Lundquist from several blocks in Village of Lewiston frequented by victim

One of Niagara County's former top prosecutors was barred from several blocks in the Village of Lewiston for the next two years after pleading guilty Wednesday to harassing his ex-girlfriend.

Timothy R. Lundquist, a former first assistant district attorney, accepted a map marked with an exclusion zone as part of a plea bargain that wrapped up a case that led to his firing last year.

To strengthen an order of protection imposed by visiting Amherst Town Justice Mark G. Farrell, Lundquist, 60, agreed to stay away from Artpark and several Lewiston businesses frequented by the victim.

His former home near the victim's home is for sale, defense attorney Joel L. Daniels said.

The victim did not attend Wednesday's court session, but in a later interview she said, "In my opinion, Tim Lundquist is a very scary person. I agreed to this to get him away from me and for no other reason."

Lundquist originally was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court and single counts of second-degree aggravated harassment and fourth-degree stalking. All the charges are misdemeanors.

The contempt charges involved alleged violations of court orders of protection that his girlfriend of three years had obtained against him.

The special prosecutor, Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone, offered a plea to one count of harassment, a violation that leaves Lundquist with no criminal record.

The stalking count and two of the contempt charges were dismissed, the aggravated harassment count was reduced, and a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal was ordered on the third contempt count.

Farrell, who was assigned to the case after both Lewiston judges recused themselves, could have fined Lundquist $250 for the harassment charge, but he waived it.

The judge referred to the case's impact on "the very extensive and prominent career of the defendant and the very excellent position of the complainant. This is just a regrettable matter from the word go. What's a couple hundred bucks in comparison to what we're talking about?"

The victim commented, "Sadly, the compassion seems to have flowed to Mr. Lundquist. He scared my young son by his continuous lawbreaking, my mother and my two sisters. However, people in the law stick together, don't they? Unfortunately, when someone is a former police officer and a former assistant district attorney, it seems like they have an advantage in a criminal case, because people feel sorry that they tarnished their career."

The victim added that she wasn't criticizing Cardone.

Lundquist was in the District Attorney's Office for 19 years, most of them as first assistant under DA Matthew J. Murphy III from 1992 through 2007. Before that, he was a Niagara Falls police officer.

Lundquist stayed on as a part-timer under District Attorney Michael J. Violante, who fired him April 26 after his arrest.

Lundquist had been accused of violating restraining orders by phoning and emailing the victim. The woman said at one point she installed a surveillance camera, which allegedly showed Lundquist trying to enter the security code to get into her garage.

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