Now-former Walworth Town Board member charged with attempted criminal sex act

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A now-former Walworth Town Board member is facing charges in Canandaigua after police say used social media to attempt to meet up with a 14-year-old to sexually abuse the child, only to find an undercover detective.

Karel J. Ambroz II, 57, of Walworth, was charged with second-degree attempted criminal sex act on Thursday.

According to the Walworth Fire Department’s website, Ambroz served as Chief from 2001 to 2004. Following his arrest, he resigned from the fire department and the board of commissioners placed him on non-punitive administrative leave from the fire department.

In a joint statement issued Friday, Walworth Fire District #1 Board of Commissioners Chairman David Corny and Walworth Fire Department President Chris Morabito said they are "saddened" by Ambroz’s arrest and "denounce his alleged actions and conclude that this behavior is not in compliance with the values of either organization."

Ambroz will remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of legal proceedings, according to Corney and Morabito’s statement. At that time, Walworth Fire District #1 will hold a disciplinary hearing to review Ambroz’s legal status and determine his final membership status.

The Walworth Town Board had a pre-scheduled meeting Thursday night. The board led with the following statement:

“Less than an hour ago, the Town Board became aware of the serious allegations against Karel Ambroz, including his arrest this afternoon. Moments ago, the town received from Mr. Ambroz notice of his resignation from the Walworth Town Board. At this time, law enforcement is currently investigating the matter. As details become available we may have additional comments but we have nothing further to say at this time.”

Police say further charges are pending against Ambroz. He was released with an appearance ticket and is due back in court on July 28 at 8:30 a.m.