Achtyl resigns from Erie County Sheriff's Office

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Photo credit Body camera footage of Nicholas Belsito's arrest by Erie County Sheriff's Deputies Kenneth Achtyl and James Flowers. December 3, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie County Sheriff's Deputy who was convicted of three misdemeanors has resigned from his position.

Ken Achtyl resigned as deputy according to a statement from the sheriff's office. He submitted a letter to the sheriff's office. Sheriff Howard discussed employment options with the county attorney's office and also reviewed past dismissals of employees at the sheriff's office.

Achtyl was convicted last Friday of official misconduct, reckless assault, and falsifying business records after his illegal arrest of Nicholas Belsito at a Buffalo Bills tailgate on December 3, 2017. His trial lasted five days. Achtyl was initially placed on leave following an investigation into the incident. When Achtyl was arrested, he was suspended without pay.

Just in: Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Achtyl has resigned from the sheriff’s office. He was convicted last Friday of three misdemeanors stemming from the Nicholas Belsito incident. Achtyl will be sentenced on January 23. pic.twitter.com/zN4fqbTRme

— Mike Baggerman (@MikeBaggerman) October 2, 2019

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Achtyl and his partner, James Flowers, are facing a civil suit from Nicholas Belsito