Convicted Felon and Former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn Released from Prison

Published On December 19, 2012 | By Davy V. | Articles

By Davy V.

Convicted felon and former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn was released from the Hudson, N.Y. Correctional facility Wednesday morning.

In 2010, Rahn was convicted of several felonies in connection with covering up for two of his officers, including former Greece, NY Police Sgt. Nick Joseph’s hit and run accident in which Joseph, high on cocaine and alcohol rear ended a stalled vehicle.

Inside that vehicle was Alexis Sharpe, who was pregnant.

The impact ruptured Sharpe’s placenta and she had to undergo emergency surgery, forcing her to deliver her daughter, Azaria, 14 weeks prematurely.

Azaria spent 93 days in the hospital and suffers ongoing medical problems.

Nick Joseph fled under the cover of darkness immediately after crashing into Sharpe’s vehicle.

Joseph was later convicted and sentenced to 3 to 7 years in State prison.

Rahn was found guilty of tampering with public records, hindering a prosecution, falsifying business records, falsely reporting an incident, and two counts of official misconduct in an attempt to cover up the Joseph incident.

He was also found guilty of offering a false instrument for filing in the case of former Greece Police officer Gary Pignato’s background check.

In 2009, Greece Police officer Gary Pignato, also a former Rochester, NY Police officer, who was fired from the RPD, was charged with bribery and coercion, stemming from several traffic stops of women, whom he would try to force into having sex with him in exchange for him letting them off traffic tickets and crimes.

In one case, Pignato responded to a domestic disturbance call where the boyfriend of a young woman had called police.

The woman had been drinking alcohol.

Once Pignato learned the woman was on probation, he bribed the woman by telling her that if she did not have sex with him he would arrest her and she would be in violation of her probation.

Pignato would routinely follow women to their homes and stalk them.

At his sentencing, Pignato told the Judge “I literally placed my life on the line” as an officer and that it’s “degrading and demoralizing to be in jail.”

Pignato was sentenced 2 to 6 years in New York State Prison.

Rahn served only 28 months of a five year sentence.

He will be on parole supervision until July 2015.

 

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Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People). Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals. Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper. In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.
  • John Q Public

    Well, it seems that those cops were held accountable and went to jail. Good deal.

  • Zapeee

    yep, wonderful slap on the wrist for the boys in blue.

  • http://www.policemisconduct.net Glenn

    If you point out that law enforcement gets preferential treatment in sentencing you are a terrorist that hates America.

  • Centurion

    Wow they let this former chief make a reply on coblock he posted on the first thread of this article. Now I know what you look like Jerk Quare Pubic.

  • John Q Public

    The faker speaks.

  • Lil Freeman

    Its obvious this guy needs to be sued Cent for slander . This Chief should go to jail for at least 15 to twenty. John Q Public , your an Idiot, Cent. Is not a fake and I know that as fact. What is fact is his opinion on your really common on a troll session , bullying people. This so called servant of the public should hang for what he did.

  • Centurion

    I have already started looking into it to see if I can file get a subpaena to release who John Q Public. If he is a Police officer witch I think this ass hole is he should know a public servant slandering a decorated officer of ant branch in the Military on a public network is illegal. Slanderous words I can take though . He thinks hes the only one who can keep records of posts , I save them all. I told you before Chief, hes not very smart. hes an uneducated scrub dirt bag google freak who thinks hes right because he can run searches on the internet . My 9 year old can do that. Hes a sketch monkey. Hes probably already tried to google earth my address to see what i drive what color house I have and such . Hes a cop so he thrives on the information to try to get one up on people the same way this Police chief did . There corrupt with no honor and all are a waste of sperm. Let him call me a fake I rather this sketchmonkey thinks Im a lifeguard or a crossing guard at toys r us. LOL

  • Centurion

    I saw your post on the dui matter , I know he lacks the mind to fallow what I say because I write in conversation and he doesnt know the Navy at all to think Siera Tango is an Army thing. Letem rant Master Chief he doesnt deserve your attention or a reply. He calls everyone a fake when he feels inferior. At least 5 or six times hes done it to people on this site , cause thats what cops do , their bullies with badges and chose that profession to express their insecurities on the public. Thats why I say all cops are illegal including this punk ass Police Chief.

  • John Q Public

    Faketurion and Freeman: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Try and get me for my first amendment rights. If you are in the Navy, prove it! Post a DD214 or any other military documentation. I know you’re going to say you’re not going to. Put your money where your mouth is. I’m glad you’re all riled up. I see I hit the nail on the head. And you’re so full of shit I can’t even begin to describe the hilarity of your posts. Oh, and to make you feel better, I’m not a cop. Never said I was. Have fun in your fantasy land. Since you aren’t even using your real name but a moniker, have fun trying to prove anything. “I’m CDR Centurion and I demand justice!” Usually the one who is screaming the loudest is the most guilty, and that’s you. I guess maybe I should’ve taken into account that you’re probably counting your Call Of Duty ranking. Next thing you’re gonna do is say you were a seal or some other crap like that.

  • John Q Public

    Freeman, A simple question: When does an Army 19D Cavalry Scout serve in Seal Team 8? Answer: NEVER. You say Seal Team 8 is in Norfolk? Its not. Its in Little Creek, VA. Hell, he can’t even spell Pogue right. And he referenced himself in his army comments. Then he has “up to” 7,8,9,13 deployments? That doesn’t even make any sense. I didn’t trash centurion. I posted comments HE wrote. I merely pointed out the inconsistencies in his posts. Defend him if you must, be we all know you are both a beer short of a six pack.

  • d0nj3nko

    John Q Public, you are obviously some police puppet or something to do with them… You don’t seem to realize that we the people are sick of preferential treatment toward even the now exposed filth that were employed to protect us. These guys should be given tougher sentence’s to discourage this sort of criminal behavior but unfortunately the courts being in the same club seem to give much lighter sentences than the average person is likely to receive. You obviously have little intelligence if you cannot see what these people are saying. I know you don’t need schooling to be a police officer… Followed in your father’s footsteps I bet? Passed on the low I,Q as well by the looks of it… God bless us all.

  • left greece

    the greece police department is still riddled with corruption many civil suits and the chief and officers continue to lie department of justice needs to investigate this police department

  • Genius Davy V

    Welcome home Merritt. Thank you for your service and thank you for taking on the chin to cover your town boards mistakes.