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Sheriff's deputy, wife arrested in prostitution case

An Erie County sheriff’s deputy and his wife have been arrested on prostitution-related charges.

Wallace Waliczek, 52, a deputy assigned to jail management, has been charged with one count of promoting prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor, according to sheriff’s spokesman Scott Zylka.

That arrest came after his wife, Melissa Waliczek, was charged by Lancaster police with prostitution over the summer.

One of the department's detectives was tipped off that an escort service may be operating in the town and set up a meeting, said Lancaster Police Chief William Karn Jr.

Melissa Waliczek was arrested in a parking lot on Transit Road, near William Street, on Aug. 16, Karn said.

Lancaster police did not arrest her husband at the time, but alerted the sheriff's office.

"We knew there was someone else involved," Karn said. "We notified the sheriff's office that there might be something going on."

The deputy was arrested for promoting prostitution a few weeks later on Sept. 11, according to WIVB-TV, which first reported the arrest.

A month after that, he was suspended by the department.

“On or about Oct. 8, the sheriff and undersheriff issued a letter of suspension to Deputy Waliczek,” Zylka said Saturday in an email. “The suspension took effect immediately, and it was a suspension without pay.”

Zylka provided few other details.

“I know our Human Trafficking Task Force was involved with this and I don’t know if they had a lead, if they received a tip or worked in conjunction with, because this is still developing,” Zylka said. “The Human Trafficking Task Force is still looking into the incident.”

Melissa Waliczek is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Tuesday before City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche, according to court records. It was not immediately clear when Wallace Waliczek was scheduled to appear in court.

Waliczek has been an Erie County sheriff's deputy since at least 1994.

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