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Man, woman plead guilty to charges tied to prostitution business

Two people who ran a prostitution enterprise from an apartment in the Bailey-Kensington area pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to related charges.

Tempestt Finch,29, was convicted of one count of third-degree promoting prostitution. Christopher Jones, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors say the two were indicted for their management of a prostitution business operated out of Finch’s apartment on Andover Avenue. The business was uncovered when a prostitute tried to leave the apartment on her own and Finch stopped her. The confrontation led to a standoff with Buffalo police, who later recovered an AK-47 rifle used by Jones.

Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr., who has placed an increased focus on prosecuting human trafficking and sexual exploitation, credited the work of Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa Nietzel and Buffalo Police Det. Erin McCarthy, who were able to link Finch to dozens of online advertisements soliciting patrons for the women she exploited. Several patrons identified in the investigation provided evidence against Finch.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan D. Haggerty is prosecuting the case. Judge Sheila A. DiTullio set sentencing for July 7.