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

By Davy V.

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.

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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Davy V.

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.