Retired NY judge snared in prostitution case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A retired judge in Buffalo has admitted recruiting a prostitute for parties sponsored by a fraternal men's club.

Ronald Tills, who served in the state Supreme Court, pleaded guilty Thursday to violating a federal law that prohibits transporting people across state lines to work as prostitutes.

The 73-year-old Tills could draw at least 21 months in prison at sentencing in U.S. District Court on Jan. 12. He is also required to help investigators in the case, which involves a club known as the Royal Order of Jesters.

Tills, who also served in the state Assembly, told a federal judge he recruited a prostitute from a massage parlor in 2005 and 2006 for club gatherings in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The investigation has also snared a retired police captain and a former law clerk.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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