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Sheriff Luce says corrections officer accused of selling drugs resigned immediately after being arrested on Friday

Sheriff Tim Luce reports that on Friday a 25-year-old Corrections Officer with Seneca County was arrested on felony drug charges.

Adam Bowen, 25, of Geneva was charged by police in Geneva with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Sheriff Luce says that Bowen was a corrections officer since July 2015.

On June 11th the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office initiated an internal investigation into certain activities and conduct of this Officer.

The law prevents any details of this investigation from being released.

Luce said that the Geneva Police Department was conducting a Criminal Investigation involving Bowen at the same time.

“Internal Investigations are conducted by our Professional Conduct Unit and are separate from the Criminal Investigation,” Sheriff Luce said. “Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were detailed to assist Geneva Police Department with their investigation.”

On Friday at 7:00 a.m. Bowen was taken into custody at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff’s Investigators. He was immediately suspended without pay at which time he immediately resigned.

Bowen was then transported to the Geneva Police Department and turned over to their detectives.

“It is a sad day when you have to investigate your own people but a necessary part of maintaining a transparent and credible Office. Adam Bowen is innocent until proven guilty but at the very least he appears to have committed acts that are a betrayal to the Sheriff’s Office and his sister and brother Corrections Officers,” Luce said. “It is with a saddened heart that I make this report. It’s a black eye to all of law enforcement and that’s what is most upsetting. Our goal is to make the Sheriff’s office a safe and fair place to work for everyone. We expect everyone here to follow the law. My hopes are that the public will continue to have confidence and trust in all enforcement in our area.”

Sheriff Luce thanked the Geneva Police Department, Chief Passalaqua and his team for their excellent and thorough investigation of this matter.

This case remains open and active.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Geneva Police Department or the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.


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