Parolee Receives Maximum Sentence for Showing Juvenile Victim Sexually Explicit Images

Modified: July 29, 2020 1:17pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 39-year-old Richard Tyes of Buffalo has been sentenced by Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane to 1 year in jail.

On January 4, 2020, the defendant showed the victim, who is less than 13-years-old, sexually explicit images and videos on a cell phone at a location in the City of Buffalo. The defendant was on parole at the time of the incident.

Tyes pleaded guilty to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class “A” misdemeanor. The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charge on February 27, 2020.

In addition to his sentence, Judge Keane issued a 5 year no-contact order of protection on behalf of the victim.

DA Flynn commends Detective Nicole Wrazen of the Buffalo Police Department Special Victims Unit for her work in the investigation. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the DA’s Special Victims Unit.