LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Sheriff’s Deputy formerly employed at the Livingston County Jail was arrested on felony charges on Friday for allegedly bringing contraband into the jail in exchange for bribes from inmates.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Ryan O’May, 25, who has since resigned from the Sheriff’s Office, was arrested for Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree, a class D felony, two counts of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, Official Misconduct, and Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree.
“Criminal acts and misconduct by our members will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “I am saddened by the actions of this member. Had O’May not resigned, our office would have moved forward with termination. We must be held to the highest of standards.”
O’May was employed as a Sheriff’s Deputy in the Corrections Division, where he worked in the Livingston County Jail. It is alleged that O’May has been engaged in transactions with inmates where he accepted payment in return for delivery of prohibited items to them while incarcerated.
This investigation was conducted over the last several weeks by Sheriff’s Office Personnel after information was gathered from confidential sources.
O’May was arraigned on the above charges in York Town Court before Justice Purtell. O’May was remanded to the custody of the Livingston County Sheriff on $20,000 cash or $40,000 secured bond at the recommendation of District Attorney Greg McCaffrey. O’May is being held in the Monroe County Jail.