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Former Syracuse University dean charged with prostitution

Posted March 2, 2018

According to his lawyer, a prominent economist and former dean at Syracuse University (SU) who was charged in a prostitution sting in March 2016, entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge, and received a conditional discharge for one year. As was reported in www.syracuse.com, Kenneth A. Kavajecz, age 51, was initially charged with the third-degree misdemeanor of patronizing a prostitute. He pleaded guilty via an affidavit to a lesser charge of attempted patronizing of a prostitute.

Kavajecz, who was previously dean of SU’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management for more than three years, is among eight men who were arrested by the Sheriff’s Office of Onondaga County in March 2016. He is alleged to have agreed to pay an undercover officer $80 for sexual relations at the Candlewood Suites in Salina, New York on March 9, 2016.

Following his arrest, Kavajecz was ousted by the university from his role as dean. He was among the most highly compensated employees at the university. His base salary was $444,305, and his take-home pay was $496,449 in 2014, according to tax filings. He no longer resides in Syracuse; he left New York State. His attorney said that Kavajecz decided to move on with his life in lieu of pursuing legal remedies.

If you are facing the accusation of hiring a prostitute, you will likely spend time in jail, have a permanent criminal record and suffer injury to your reputation. You may also endure all the ramifications associated with registering as a sex offender. Thus, it is imperative that you consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who can avoid or reduce the charges, and evade the negative publicity, which can ruin your reputation and your relationships. Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Brill Legal Group.

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