Cheektowaga attorney pleads guilty following investigation into promoting prostitution

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following investigation and a court case that spanned about three months, a Cheektowaga attorney has pleaded guilty.

Police arrested Richard Shaw in April and charged him with promoting prostitution and official misconduct. Shaw, a lawyer with a Cheektowaga practice, allegedly offered his services to an accused prostitute in exchange for her services.

In April, Shaw’s defense denied all allegations, saying, “He has valid defenses and looks forward to his day in court.”

Wednesday, Shaw had his day in court and pleaded guilty to loitering with the purpose of prostitution. A judge fined Shaw $250 for the offense and released him on a conditional discharge.

The location where Shaw previously practiced law obscured his name from the company sign in April. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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