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What did Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office know about officer charged with criminal sex act, official misconduct?

What did the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office know about an investigation into former deputy Kevin O’Rourke?

O’Rourke was arrested on November 28th in Livingston County by New York State Police for alleged crimes he committed while employed with the Geneseo Police Department.

The accusations against him include coercing a woman who was arrested for aggravated DWI into completing sexual acts in exchange for not being taken to jail. While the exact details of that arrest have not been publicized, the accusation itself has created a lot of questions.

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Especially since O’Rourke joined the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office while that investigation into his actions was unfolding.

Sheriff Derek Obsorne said nothing of note came up on their background investigation into O’Rourke. He transferred from the Geneseo Police Department to the sheriff’s office. Osborne doesn’t believe officials in Livingston County withheld any information.

“We don’t know how it happened either,” Osborne told WENY-TV. “We utilize all the tools available to us to try to get the best people in this job.”

Osborne admitted that this process was among the worst he’s seen in his career.


“We do our best to try and weed out anybody that may have a potential problem with the way they do their job,” he added. “That includes an investigatory interview, checking references, backgrounds, a psychological exam, a polygraph exam, face-to-face interview with a psychiatrist.”

A solution Osborne supports, to prevent this from happening in the future, is a statewide database. If all complaints were filed on a statewide database agencies could do their due diligence, and not rely on cross-organizational communication.

O’Rourke pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in Livingston County, but was terminated less than two weeks ago from the sheriff’s office in Tompkins due to a separate incident that resulted in an internal investigation involving the district attorney.