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Former Town Supervisor Enters a Guilty Plea for the Infraction

In August, Patrick McLaughlin pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and a year of conditional release was the result of his guilty plea. Busti Town Court judge Lyle Hajdu presided over the proceedings.

A call to McLaughlin’s Buffalo-based lawyer this week went unanswered, and the man could not be reached for comment.

An allegation of “a person in the village of Celoron, allegedly exposing himself to minors” was investigated by investigators with the New York State Police after they were contacted by the Ellicott Police Department in February 2022.

After two young people complained to a school resource officer at Southwestern Central School about the incident, it was made public.

The incident did not take place in the school, as stated by Southwestern in a letter that was issued to parents, and Ellicott police, after confirming who was involved, forwarded the details to another agency.

After handling the case, state troopers from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation conferred with the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office.

First-degree public lewdness, a separate act of public lewdness, and endangering the welfare of a child were the allegations against McLaughlin, a resident of Celoron, that led to his arrest last year.

Former Town Supervisor Enters a Guilty Plea for the Infraction

The court also issued one of the victims with a two-year stay-away order of protection, the District Attorney’s Office said, in addition to the conditional release.

Before becoming a supervisor in 2015, McLaughlin served on the Ellicott Town Board. Once the allegations were brought, he gave up his position as town supervisor.

He stated in his resignation letter that he was resigning his position as town supervisor “immediately” due to health and personal reasons. I won’t take any phone calls or emails about my decision because of the current circumstances. Serving the community has been a pleasure.

In February 2022, Janet Bowman, who had served on the Ellicott Town Board as a councilwoman, was sworn in as the municipality’s supervisor. As of now, Bowman is in charge.

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