Saturday, February 23, 2013

Livingston County, NY Sheriff Deputy Arrested for Smuggling Drugs into Jail

Robert J. Schlegel
By Davy V.

Saturday February 23, 2013 9:36 p.m.

A five- year veteran of the Livingston County, NY Sheriff's Office has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs into the Livingston County Jail.

Jail deputy Robert J. Schlegel, 32, of Dansville, NY is facing charges of second-degree promoting prison contraband and receiving a reward for official misconduct.

Schlegel was released on $2,500 bail and will appear in court at a later date.

This is at least the second time in less than three months that the Livingston County, NY Sheriff's department has come under a spotlight.

In December of 2012, Livingston County officials confirmed that a "confidential investigation" was underway.

The investigation involves allegations of wrongdoing by Livingston County Jail staff, specifically timecard mismanagement.

The allegations include part-time deputies working shifts for full-time deputies, and in return they would be paid in cash by the full-time deputies, whose time cards would still reflect that the full-timer worked the shift, when they hadn't.

Livingston County, NY
Sheriff John York
In other words, fraud.

Livingston County Sheriff John York, whose seat is up in November, and hasn't yet decided if he will run for re-election, seemed to downplay the allegations of corruption and misconduct in his department, insinuating that politics may be involved.

"I would ask that everybody wait until the investigation is done and I hope the report was made for the right reasons; because of allegations of wrongdoing not for political gain," said York.

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