Deputy charged with criminal trespass in Steuben County, Sheriff Allard says full-investigation underway

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says a deputy was arrested after an investigation by New York State Police and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office.

He says a complaint of inappropriate conduct was filed against an off-duty deputy, identified in a press release as Joseph Winters.

Following an investigation, Winters was charged with criminal trespass, as a Class A misdemeanor.

Sheriff Allard says his department cooperated with state police and the DA’s office fully.

Now an administrative investigation will begin. “With the criminal investigation now complete, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative investigation into the allegations concerning Deputy Winters’ conduct,” Allard said in a press release.

Winters is currently on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. “In keeping with the promise of transparency in the recent Police Reform Initiative, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a complete, all-inclusive investigation into these allegations and will consult with the aggrieved person, Steuben County Manager, Steuben County Personnel Office, and legal counsel to achieve a just conclusion of this matter,” Allard added.

No additional information was immediately available.

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