GENESEO – A Wayland man was arrested on Friday by Geneseo Police on belated contempt charges for allegedly contacting his protected daughter in August.
According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Geneseo Police were able to establish that there was an order of protection in place at the time that Nicholas Bendzus, 38, allegedly contacted his daughter in August, and arrested him for Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor, on Meadow Drive.
“There was an order of protection in place out of Steuben County, but they hadn’t put it in the system so we and the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t see it,” said Chief Osganian. “We called Steuben County and they said yes there is an order in place.”
Officer Daniel Piedmonte arrested Bendzus on Sept. 16. He was arraigned in front of Geneseo Village Justice Thomas Bushnell and released to appear at a later date.
Chief Osganian said that Livingston County has issued its own order of protection to prevent any further confusion in this case. The mother of the alleged victim contacted the GeneseeSun.com and said that Bendzus left a red rose on her doorstep with a note addressed to her daughter.
“He left a red rose on the doorstep with a note for my daughter, and she went outside to see who had done that because that’s very abnormal,” said the mother of the victim. “He was walking away and turned around and told her not to tell anyone. He doesn’t deserve a break. This man harasses my whole family, and I’m sick of it. It’s to the point where I’ve had to have all of my children on that new order of protection.”