Sheriff David Cirencione says a corrections officer at the Ontario County Jail has been arrested on a felony charge after an eavesdropping investigation.
In January, he says the sheriff’s administration was made aware of potentially inappropriate behavior by an officer assigned to the Court Security Detail.
That officer, identified as 44-year-old Adam Broadwell, a 20-year veteran of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, was said to be using an electronic hearing device to amplify voices for purpose of listening in on conversations that he was not included. He was also said to be recording those conversations without the permission or knowledge of those taking part.
Upon notification, Cirencione said an investigation was launched and the officer reassigned.
Late last week the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the findings against Broadwell, and brought several charges against him.
Broadwell was charged with eavesdropping, possession of an eavesdropping device, and official misconduct.
He was issued an appearance ticket and was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal charges.
“I want to assure members of the public, especially our residents of Ontario County that the 280 men and women who make up the 6 Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office are dedicated professionals committed to bravely protecting this community with pride every day,” Cirencione said. “Our Road Patrol, Corrections, Correctional Health Care, 911, Civil and Court Security Divisions are all accredited, meaning they exceed the professional standards set by NY State. Our members take pride in holding themselves to these standards. Any deviations from the ethical behavior essential to the law enforcement profession or lack of adherence to the laws we are sworn to uphold is not acceptable and will be dealt with accordingly.”
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