LOCKPORT – In an odd legal circumstance, Philip D. Buffone, former vice president of the United Way of Niagara, admitted to a probation violation Wednesday, but was then returned to probation for two more years and told he didn’t have to attend sex offender counseling anymore.
Buffone, 52, of the Town of Niagara, was ordered into that counseling a year ago by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., after Buffone pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a computer.
He had been charged with downloading child pornography onto a United Way computer in 2010, but he denied that and offered alibis for the times of the alleged downloads. The material was discovered after Buffone was fired for other reasons.
Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the probation violation stemmed from a roadblock in the counseling. “He got to the point where they asked him to admit he downloaded child pornography, and he wouldn’t do it,” Zucco said, “so they removed him from the program.”