GENESEO – A hunter has been arrested in the Town of Geneseo after allegedly violating several hunting laws with a 15-year-old child.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Rommel Kirchoff, 40, was arrested after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on Sunday, Nov. 30.
The Sheriff said that his office received a complaint of gunshots fired after legal hunting hours on North Road in the Town of Geneseo. The hunter was then located and questioned about the incident. The investigation revealed that Kirchoff was hunting with a 15 year old youth, and then allegedly hid the gun that he was hunting with in the woods because he believed it was illegal to use once he got wind of the Sheriff’s investigation.
He also allegedly told the 15-year-old youth to lie to police for him regarding what firearm they were using, so they would not get in trouble.
Kirchoff was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class E felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor. An Environmental Conservation Officer with DEC also assisted at the scene and charged Kirchoff with Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order, Allowing a Youth to Hunt Unsupervised, and Failing to Have a Signed Permission Slip from a Legal Guardian for a Youth.
Kirchoff was arraigned on all three charges on Tuesday in the Town of Geneseo Court. Kirchoff was released on his own recognizance by Justice Houston and Kirchoff will appear back in court at a later date.
Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Captain Brian Applin, and Deputy Brittany Smyder. Investigating from the DEC was Environmental Conservation Officer Brian Wade. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey also assisted with the investigation.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rommel Kirchoff mugshot. Photo courtesy of LCSO.