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Lockport dentist headed to prison in child sex case | Crime News

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Dr. Louis A. Surace.




A former Lockport pediatric dentist will serve as long as five years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a girl.

Louis A. Surace, 58, of O’Connor Drive, Town of Lockport, accepted a preindictment plea deal in which he admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal sexual act. It’s a violent felony which carries a mandatory prison term.

The possible sentences range from 3½ to 15 years, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. announced that after conferring with the attorneys, he had agreed to impose a sentence of no more than five years “with my hopes of providing for closure for the alleged victim.”

In addition to the prison term, Surace will be placed on parolelike postrelease supervision. Kloch said he will choose a duration of

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Buellton fitness center ordered to close over COVID-19 health order violations | Crime and Courts

“To all our loyal members please know that I will fight and make this right,” Henrey said on his Facebook page Aug. 31. “[I] remained because I felt our members needed it and I needed to support my family.” 

The warnings began on June 3 when Ben Hernandez, a Buellton code enforcement officer, visited the gym and told Henrey his gym was not allowed to be open, according to court records. 

Henrey acknowledged the warning but replied that his gym was an essential business because he also sells masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. He said he has taken measures that include spacing equipment at least 6 feet apart, taking members’ temperatures, requiring face masks and making members sign a liability waiver. 

Additionally, acting on advice from his attorney, Henrey told Hernandez his gym was “not open to the public and members only,” according to the lawsuit. 

Officials contacted

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