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Two Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers Accused of Mistreating Female Inmates

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NEW CITY, NY – Two Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers have been indicted on multiple criminal charges regarding the mistreatment of female inmates.

District Attorney Tom Walsh announced multiple indictments, that were handed down by a grand jury, of two Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers. The officers were indicted on multiple misdemeanors and felonies. The indictments were a result of an ongoing investigation into sexual mistreatment of female minority inmates.

John Kezek, 35, of Stony Point, NY, was indicted on 5 counts of Official Misconduct (misdemeanor). Kezek engaged in a course of sexual harassment of more than one female minority inmate.

Christopher Taggart, 39, of New City, NY, was indicted on 21 counts of Official Misconduct (misdemeanor) and 2 counts of Promoting Prison Contraband (felony). Taggart unlawfully introduced dangerous contraband into the Rockland County Jail and he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with female minority inmates.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said “The indictments today bring to light an ongoing issue that arises from time to time of the mishandling of females incarcerated in the corrections systems. A defense attorney notified my office that her client was a victim of intimidation, misconduct, and sexual harassment which prompted this investigation. Far too often, female inmates are not considered to have the same rights as those of us who are walking the streets. We can’t allow a systemic issue of female minorities being mistreated in our jails. My office has worked diligently to ensure that ALL of our residents, whether incarcerated or not, are treated fairly and have their rights protected. The courage of these females who came forward to report this sexual harassment cannot be understated. They took a stand against individuals who were in a position of authority and have opened themselves up to further harassment and intimidation. The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office will insure that this will not happen and vigorously prosecute anyone who dares to cross that line.”

 

 

Both Kezek and Taggart will appear for arraignments in County Court in the near future. At this time, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco or County Executive Ed Day have not commented on the story (we will update the article when they do.)

Sheriff Falco has been under fire for sharing multiple alleged racist posts on his personal Facebook page. Yesterday marked the second week protesters have gathered in New City calling on Sheriff Falco to resign. Calls for his resignation have come from both Rockland United and Clarkstown WTDWYTK, along with local pastors. On Monday, the Rockland County Democratic Executive Committee will be voting on whether the committee should call for his resignation.

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Breaking: Haverstraw Police Make Arrest in Fatal Hit & Run

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HAVERSTRAW, NY – The Haverstraw Police Department has announced the arrest of Sugundo Landi-Lucer (pictured), 43-years-old of Queens, New York in connection with the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in the early the morning of November 23, 2021 on Route 9W in the Village of Haverstraw.

The victim has been identified by family members as beloved longtime resident 82-Year-Old Juan Alberto Germosen
Reporting below via Ramon Soto of El Sol Newspaper. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Juan Alberto Germosen. 🙏

 

Sugundo Landi-Lucer will be arraigned today on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in a death.

 

Press Release from the Town of Haverstraw Police Department 

 

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Village of Spring Valley Employees Indicted on Felony Charges

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SPRING VALLEY EMPLOYEES INDICTED ON FELONY CHARGES

Indictments Are Part of the Evergreen Fire Investigation

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the indictments of two Village of Spring Valley building department employees. A Rockland County Grand Jury handed the indictments as a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that occurred in March at the Evergreen Adult Home in Spring Valley.

Defendant Raymond Canario, 45, was indicted on 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Defendant Wayne Ballard, 64, was indicted on 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said,” These indictments are a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that claimed the lives of a volunteer firefighter and a resident of the Evergreen home. My office continues to work hard, following through on our commitment to leave no stone unturned in this tragic incident.”

Arraignment dates have not yet been provided for either Defendant.

The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic and Supervising
Assistant District Attorney Ryan Sweeney.

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