Woman Involved with Prostitution Scandal Doesn't Show Up To Court

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT

Angelina Herkey was supposed to be arraigned on prostitution charges related to Niagara Falls City employee James Curtis but she didn't show up.

Police say Herkey was paid ten dollars for oral sex by Curtis in the beginning of the month. Just last week, Curtis was also charged with solicitation of a prostitute while in a city vehicle.

He has been on unpaid administrative leave from his job with the city but Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said in a few weeks that will changes because of Curtis' union contract.

"Mr. Curtis is on the eleventh day of his 20 day unpaid administrative leave. That will conclude April 28th. It is our plan to put him on paid administrative leave in accordance with provisions of the collective bargaining agreement pending the resolution of his case." Dyster said.

This is not the first time Curtis has been in hot water. Last year, he was charged with a hate crime after putting a "whites only" sign on a water fountain. He was also put on leave for that incident but then returned to work before getting in trouble again.

Just about a week after Curtis was brought in for the prostitution scandal, another city employee Clarence Bradley with the Public Works Department was arrested for taking unemployment benefits while on the job.

"Mr. Bradley was also put on unpaid administrative leave but because he is an exempt employee not covered by collective bargaining, his unpaid administrative leave will run until his case is resolved," Dyster said.

Mayor Dyster said the City staff is full of honest and dedicated people but those who fall to the wayside will be punished.

"The vast majority of the people who work for the City of Niagara Falls applaud the efforts of the administration to take appropriate action for people who violate the public trust," Dyster said.