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Six men arrested in prostitute sting at Ontario motel

Six men were arrested in a prostitution bust Wednesday at a motel in Ontario, Wayne County. (Photos: Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

Ontario, N.Y. (WHAM) - Six men were arrested in a prostitution bust Wednesday at a motel in Ontario, Wayne County.

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies got a tip from a person in Ontario about some suspicious activity in the Ontario area at the Budget Inn on Rt. 104.

Deputies found an ad on Backpage.com, which advertised a woman offering sex for money in the Ontario area.

Wayne County Sheriff's deputies, along with WayneNET, and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office set up a meeting with the woman, who was a heroin addict and told deputies she needed money for the drugs.

After being referred to substance abuse counseling services, the woman - who is not being named - agreed to help deputies arrest people who answered the ad posted online. The woman who posted the ad is currently awaiting in-patient placement.

Six men who answered the ad were arrested and charged with patronizing a person for prostitution in the 3rd degree.

  • Michael Fischer, 45, of Webster
  • Leopoldo Sanchez, 33, of Sodus
  • Robert Smith, 47, of Canandaigua
  • James Barr, 59, of Webster
  • Timothy Sullivan, 56, of Palmyra
  • Robert Assisi, 53, of Cicero

Our news partners at the Times of Wayne County confirmed that Robert Smith is also Dr. Robert Smith, a family practice physician with F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.

F.F. Thompson CEO Michael F. Stapleton, Jr., issued a statement, saying Dr. Smith notified the hospital on his own about his arrest and requested a leave of absence. Additionally, he was immediately suspended as an employee of Thompson Health.

Dr. Smith has been with the hospital for 15 years.

Quality patient care is of the utmost importance. Thompson is developing a plan to communicate with all of Dr. Smith’s patients to ensure there is no disruption to their care. We are also working out the logistical details to ensure his patients receive care from one of our other practicing providers. We expect to have this in place early next week and will deliver this information to his patients in a timely manner.
There will be no further comment from Thompson Health.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said this case highlights the complexity of the heroin epidemic.

"Heroin and prostitution, there are so many peripheral things that go along with it," said Sheriff Virts. "I would say this is all part of our communities, not just a Wayne County issue, but all across the country and the Rochester region, but also when we arrested six people and we shut down the operation and we continue to have 20 [people] contact that website, it is a problem."

Each was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ontario Justice Court on June 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

The woman who posted the original ad is not being identified as further investigations may be conducted, according to investigators.

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