Seneca Officers and Child Protective Workers Honored.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office presented three officers and two Child Protective workers with commendations at the Seneca County Board meeting on October 23rd 2007. The commendations were presented by Undersheriff Michael Cleere.The first Commendations were awarded to Inv. John Cleere and CPS case workers Connie Foster and Lynda Stanistreet for there work on a multi-county child sex ring. The Child sex ring investigations started in December 2005 as a joint investigation of the Sheriff’s Office and Seneca County Child Protective Services, a division of DSS. The case quickly escalated into a multi-faceted case involving multiple victims, suspects and jurisdictions. The victims ranged in age from one year old to 15 years old and the abuse and exploitation included sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, drugs and child prostitution. In August of 2006 the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with our two offices and formed a joint investigation. Due to their diligence, this case resulted in the arrest of five adults for a total of 85 charges, 60 of which were felonies, 24 misdemeanors and one violation. Undersheriff Cleere stated “Each of you is an asset to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Child Protective Services and all the child victims that need our help, thank you for all that you do.”The next commendation was given to Deputy Jamie Conkey, assigned to the Sheriff’s road patrol division. Deputy Conkey was commended for going the extra mile and getting information that lead to bringing a drug dealer to justice. Deputy Conkey took the initiative to speak to an individual, who was not filing a complaint at the time and had only, had accompanied another person to the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. This conversation lead to Deputy Conkey developing information about a drug dealer and a case was started. The information Deputy Conkey acquired resulted in a search warrant and the final result was the arrest of drug dealer. Undersheriff Cleere said of Conkey “Due to the initiative you took, a drug dealer was brought to justice; you are an asset to this Office and to the law enforcement community.”The Sheriff’s Office also commended Deputy John Nesbit, who is assigned to the narcotic unit of the SCSO. Deputy Nesbit became involved in an investigation of a large scale marijuana dealer that the City of Rome, New York had been investigating for years to no avail. Deputy Nesbit took it upon himself to contact members of the Rome PD and share what information he had obtained. The information given to Rome PD was critical to their investigation and resulted in the arrest of the dealer, who was not only a large supplier in Rome NY but a major supplier in Seneca County. The arrest by the Rome PD also resulted in the seizure of over two pounds of marijuana and $10,000 cash. Deputy Nesbit work was so helpful that Chief DeMatteo, of the Rome PD, notified the SCSO of his gratitude by letter. Cleere said of Nesbit “Not only were you an asset to the Rome Police Department, you are an asset to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and the law enforcement community as a whole.”

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