An elderly man who pleaded guilty two years ago to sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in Buffalo but withdrew his plea after he was sentenced to a year in jail has pleaded guilty again, but to more serious charges this time.
Mikhail Kusluk, 71, of East Amherst, pleaded guilty last week in Erie County Court to two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Kusluk admitted he sexually abused the girl twice between June 1, 2011 and Sept. 9, 2011, prosecutors said.
He originally pleaded guilty Oct. 15, 2012, in Buffalo City Court to second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. But after sentencing, he appealed, contending he did not understand what he was pleading guilty to.
The defendant’s main language is Russian, and he has had a Russian interpreter during his court appearances.
In ruling on the appeal, Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk allowed Kusluk to withdraw the plea.
Sedita then presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Kusluk on the felony sexual abuse charges and the endangering charge.
Kusluk faces up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 25 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case. He is being held on $50,000 bail, according to Assistant District Attorney Lynette Reda.