Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livonia resident on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. On May 16, 2020, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on South Lima Road to investigate a violation of an order of protection.
It is alleged that 63-year-old Russell H. Maurer was at the residence on South Lima Road and that he currently had an active court issued order of protection against him where the resident of the address is the protected party. Responding Sheriff’s Deputies found that Maurer had left the residence prior to them arriving.
Maurer was later located driving his vehicle on Bronson Hill Road where Deputies took Maurer into custody after a traffic stop.
The suspect was arrested and charged with felony Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree. The charge was a felony due to his having a previous conviction of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree on November 8, 2019. He was also charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree as a records check revealed that his license was suspended a total of six times.
Maurer was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the Criminal Contempt charge was a qualifying offense for arraignment and for bail to be set under the NYS Justice Reform Act.
The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regard to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Maurer be held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
Maurer was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth. The Judge did remand Maurer to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Handling the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were several members of the Patrol Division, assisted by the Criminal Investigations Division.