Man sentenced in Flush the Johns conviction

Judge Sharon Gianelli presides over Juvenile Justice Court Judge Sharon Gianelli presides over Juvenile Justice Court at District Court on Feb. 8, 2012 in Hempstead. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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A Queens Village man, one of 104 men arrested in the Flush the Johns anti-prostitution sting last year in Nassau County, has been fined $300.

Vadim Cruchinin, 40, is the only one of three men who went to trial so far to be convicted. The two others were acquitted. All were nonjury trials. There have been 15 guilty pleas stemming from the sting. The remaining cases are pending.

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A handful of other cases were dismissed, but the district attorney's office has either filed new papers reinstating the charges or sought to reargue the decision to dismiss.

The office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 100 hours of community service before sentence was imposed Tuesday by Judge Sharon Gianelli in First District Court in Hempstead.

Cruchinin had faced up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute in the third degree.

Gianelli convicted Cruchinin Feb. 27 and had set sentencing for Thursday, but it was moved up at the defense's request, a court spokesman said.

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